A couple of graduate students have a group called Extant Dodos Productions that uses YouTube to rip into creationist claims. In particular they’ve used some of Kent Hovind’s materials to dissect his arguments. It’s a clever idea — they take creationist videos and edit them to insert rebuttals to each argument as they are made.
Apparently, though, Creation Science Evangelism doesn’t like the fact that their claims are being popularly weighed, analyzed, and pulverized, and they’re now trying to strong-arm Extant Dodos Productions with intimidating letters that say they are infringing on their copyright by using their videos. It seems to me that this work certainly ought to fit under the conventions of fair use, but they have an even stronger case: the videos they used all come with a formal waiver of copyright with the stipulation that the material not be sold.
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Tsk, tsk. They’ve plainly given away the right to show these videos, and are now simply objecting to the fact that their ideas are being criticized. Throwing around baseless legal threats seems to be the tactic du jour for certain crackpots, doesn’t it?