Samsung moves to ban YouTube videos parodying their exploding, fire-causing phones

“Samsung appears to have filed copyright claims against YouTube videos mocking its recalled Galaxy Note 7 handset,” BBC News reports.

“Many gamers have showcased a modification to video game Grand Theft Auto V, in which sticky bombs were switched with exploding Samsung phones,” The Beeb reports. “But some have reported that their videos have been blocked on YouTube following a copyright complaint.”

“Critics have warned that trying to remove gamers’ videos will only draw more attention to them,” The Beeb reports. “Some viewers warned that Samsung was at risk of invoking the Streisand Effect – a term used to denotes increased publicity as a result of attempts to remove embarrassing online content.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Beleaguered Samsung’s naked desperation is absolutely delicious.

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[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Ting” for the heads up.]


  1. Darn! I personally have the best of the GTA V sticky-bomb ScamScum Note 7 videos in my collection. If ShagShite manages to DMCA them, they’ll be appearing en masse in many more locations around the Internet. Streisand Effect indeed.

    Samsung doesn’t want you to see video of this GTA V exploding phone mod
    YouTube takedown notice is a pretty clear abuse of the DMCA.

    Dear Samsung: Your reputation has been SHATTERED. Perhaps you should work on your sincerity toward your customers and your products rather than attempting to marketing ‘manage’ the entirely legal SATIRE of your products and attitude.

    IOW: Learn to laugh at yourself. It’s part of the path of positive change. Call me and I’ll explain how it works. (o_0)

  2. Last I heard, parodies are protected from normal copyright protection, so Samsung (and, in this case, *especially* YouTube) have screwed up legally in requesting (and complying with said request!) these be removed.

    Now *mocking* and the GTA mod might be a different story. But the word “parody” in the headline reached out and grabbed me here.

    Some of you guys with better legal expertise chime in, please!

  3. Maybe Samsung should give phones to the terrorist group ISIS so they can blow themselves up.
    If Samsung did that, I am sure they will get positive public support… Just a thought. . .

  4. Let’s follow the path:
    Samsung makes exploding phones.
    Exploding phones runs Android software.
    Android software made by Google.
    Google owns YouTube.

    Yep, conflict of interest.

  5. I am not too sure, legally, if parody of the Note 7 comes down to the name of the product. I mean if people modify and change the name to Samedung and call the phone Tote 7 the. YouTube and Samsung do not have a leg to stand on.

  6. The vermin at Samscum sure worked hard to try and make “bendgate” an issue even after it was largely debunked.

    This is hopefully just the start of a huge karmic payback for all their theft, deceit and deception.

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