TRON on YouTube?
On April 18, YouTube user Hanspirot uploaded to said video sharing website the film TRON: Legacy. In its entirety. A bold move, to be sure, but what’s even more surprising is that, three days later, it’s still up. Accompanying the upload is the following message (his/her/its quotes):
“Copyright Disclaimer Under Section 107 of the Copyright Act 1976, allowance is made for “fair use” for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching, scholarship, and research. Fair use is a use permitted by copyright statute that might otherwise be infringing. Non-profit, educational or personal use tips the balance in favor of fair use.”
What’s going on here?
Hanspirot has, to date, uploaded a total of 22 videos. Beginning with his first post nine months ago, most pertain to gaming. In the past five days, however, Hanspirot has uploaded episodes of “The Simpsons”, “Deadliest Catch”, “MythBusters”, and (nbd) TRON. All of these posts bear the above disclaimer. The TRON post also directs users to Hanspirot’s new YouTube channel which, as of now, has no uploads.
Although Hanspirot’s motivations remain unclear, it’s YouTube’s response (or lack thereof) which I find most interesting. Has Hanspirot found a glitch in The Grid? I would like to echo the sentiments of YouTube user nebu8989 in my belief that “Hanspirot fights for the users”. What do you think?
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