In a flamewar fit for queens, celebrity blogger Perez Hilton fired off a cease and desist letter to Youtube, threatening them with legal action if they did not remove an advertisement by the National Organization for Marriage which used footage that he himself put on the internet.
Turns out, Perez Hilton is a hypocritical little bitch.
The blogger, whose real name is Mario Lavandeira, is a Miami native who has been sued several times for copyright violations after using videos and photos of celebrities without proper licensing.
His defense has always been the fair use doctrine, which allows limited use of copyrighted material if it contains news value.
But now that somebody is using one of his clips without permission, he is claiming that he is the victim of a copyright violation.
And although it is obviously not – at least on the grounds he has argued in the past – Youtube succumbed to his threats by removing the video.
But other bloggers have since uploaded it to their accounts, which is why I am able to present you with the above video.
Lavandeira also sent a cease and desist letter to the National Organization for Marriage to get them to remove the ad from its television markets.
But they did not bow down so easy. In fact, they plan to fight back, according to Simon Owens of Bloggasm.com.
The organization’s lawyers have already sent both a letter to YouTube asking it to reinstall the video and a reply (PDF) to Perez rejecting his copyright claim. But though it’s still not clear whether YouTube will comply with the request, at least one conservative blogger has defiantly uploaded the ad onto his own YouTube account and said he’d fight any copyright claims if Perez’s lawyers came after him.
The whole debacle began last month when Lavandeira got his panties in a twist during the Miss USA beauty pageant.
Lavandeira, who was one of the judges, asked Miss California her opinion on gay marriage.
Miss California, whose name is Carrie Prejean, said she believes marriage should be between a man and a woman.
Lavandeira, who is openly gay and makes it a point to out anybody else he suspects of being gay, had a hissy fit.
After the ceremony, in which Prejean came in second, Lavandeira uploaded a video to Youtube where he called her “a dumb bitch.”
The video was so embarrassing that even Miami transvestite Elaine Lancaster responded with his (or her) own video supporting Prejean’s right to oppose gay marriage.
Adding to his embarrassment, Lavandeira was also dressed in an atrocious lime green jacket with a striped blue collared shirt, destroying the stereotype that gay men know how to dress sharply.
Meanwhile, Prejean, suddenly became the poster child for the anti-gay marriage movement and was recruited by the National Organization for Marriage to pick up where Anita Bryant left off in the 1970s.
NOM used the three-second clip where Lavandeira called Prejean a “dumb bitch” in its advertisement as an example of intolerant homosexuals who are out to ruin the sanctity of marriage.
However, it wasn’t long before Prejean’s Christian values were questioned because it was revealed that she has posed topless in the past and has had breast implants.
It was also revealed that she is dating Olympic gold medal winner Michael Phelps, whose image was tarnished after photographs showed him smoking marijuana out of a bong.
So far, only one topless photo of Prejean has surfaced and it doesn’t even show her nipple. However, there are rumors of more explicit photos floating around.
So it looks like Lavandeira won’t be the only one firing off cease and desist letters.
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