Saturday, February 17, 2007

Carlos Mencia abuses copyright to suppress criticism

Comedian Carlos Mencia has had a video removed from YouTube on the grounds of copyright infringement. The video shows a confrontation between Joe Rogan and Carlos Mencia in which Rogan accuses Mencia of stealing other comedians' material--supported by clips of Mencia doing the same jokes as other comedians, and footage of multiple comedians agreeing that Mencia has stolen material.

Rogan and Mencia had the same agent, who dropped Rogan over this dispute.

The video is still on Google Video, and Joe Rogan gives an overview at his website. The Wikipedia entry on Carlos Mencia also describes this dispute.

(Via The Superficial.)

UPDATE (February 21, 2007): Ed Brayton (who himself has worked as a stand-up comic) offers his thoughts on this.


David Siegel said...

Hungry for more about this, I did some digging. This was one of the more interesting rants on carlos^H^H^H^H^H^H Ned that I ran across.

Jim Lippard said...

That was entertaining. I like most of the comedians on his list of good ones (and he should have added Doug Stanhope to that list, rather than just calling attention to his work on the Man Show with Joe Rogan).