Filmmaker Backs Off ‘Kony 2012’ Plagiarism Claims

Filmmaker Chris Abbas has decided to drop his plagiarism claim against Invisible Children and its now infamous “Kony 2012” film. Segments of Abbas film Cassini Mission were used in “Kony 2012” without attribution. Abbas thought he had a case. He doesn’t, as he admitted on Reddit in bullet-point form.

  • A work created under the Creative Commons NC BY SA license does not require permission to be used by anyone and is free game.
  • I have conceded my original claim thanks to some thoughtful answers, in particular by user sibB (see first comment for a thorough breakdown of the facts).
  • The title is sensationalist at best and clearly could have been more accurate and less dramatic if there was more careful consideration of the license and less frustration in the brain.
  • I maintain that I do not want my work included in a video which supports military intervention as a solution to the LRA problem, however under the current license I do not have the ability to deny it’s usage in any format. This is my fault, and I am bound to the license structure of the music I used.

Yeah. When you create a film that exclusively uses other people’s music and imagery, as Abbas did with NASA’s images and Nine Inch Nails’ music, it does tend to create some problems on the copyright front.

Abbas deleted his Reddit account shortly after publicly dropping his plagiarism claim. He did, however, succeed in getting 176,000 extra views for his film throughout the controversy. Which, we’re guessing, was probably the point all along.

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