Paranormalist Claims Three-Second Copyright in Attempt to Censor Critical Video

Uri Geller -- the "paranormalist" famous for seemingly bending spoons with his mind -- got bent out of shape when a critic from the "Rational Response Squad" posted a video with a segment from a NOVA program called "Secrets of the Psychics," which challenged the performance techniques of Geller.

Geller demanded that YouTube take the video down, even though his company Explorogist Ltd. only claimed to own three seconds of footage out of the entire thirteen-minute video. Moreover, the clip was a clear, classic fair use for the purposes of criticism.

EFF represented the YouTube user and negotiated an agreement that placed Explorologist's clip under a Creative Commons license, saving any future fair uses from being the target of a bogus copyright claim.