As I discussed the other day, the German National Library [Deutsche Nationalbibliothek or DNB], acting through BR Enter Music, is trying to remove my documentary, You don’t know Hitler (2006) from YouTube. They claim to own the recording rights to a song in the film. I completely disagree with this assertion and do not believe that any piece of Nazi propaganda is entitled to copyright protection by anyone. Even if you accept their argument, however, my work is clearly a textbook example of fair use and I want your help to defend my rights.

Some people have already emailed the DNB, BR Enter, and YouTube about this matter but others have asked me give them a template for what to say. Here are some suggestions:

To: info-l@dnb.de and info-f@dnb.de

Subject: You don’t know Hitler (2006)

Dear DNB,

I have learned that you are attempting to remove the documentary You don’t know Hitler from YouTube over a copyright issue. Please reconsider this action. Filmmakers have the right to use historical material to educate and inform the public. They have the right to play clips from any source when directly discussing that source and its significance to our shared history. As an educational institution you should be upholding these rights and not violating them.

I hope you will contact your agent, BR Enter Music, and tell them to end this matter today.

Thank you,

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To: BRentermusic@gmail.com

Subject: You don’t know Hitler (2006)

Dear BR Enter Music,

I have learned that you are attempting to remove the documentary You don’t know Hitler from YouTube over a copyright issue. Please reconsider this action. Filmmakers have the right to use historical material to educate and inform the public. They have the right to play clips from any source when directly discussing that source and its significance to our shared history.

Thank you,

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To: copyright@youtube.com

Subject: You don’t know Hitler (2006)

Dear YouTube,

I have learned that the documentary You don’t know Hitler is going to be removed from YouTube over a copyright issue. Please stand up for the rights of filmmakers. Please stand up for fair use. Please revise your processes to evaluate claims and counterclaims so that the rights of creators are respected. Please do not let this film be taken down.

Thank you,

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Those are some ideas of what to say. Feel free to put in your own ideas and feelings. The important thing is that we speak out against actions like this. We can’t have faceless bureaucrats and byzantine processes cutting us off from our rights.

I appreciate any time and effort you can give to this matter,
JKL

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