The Olympic Closing Ceremony of the Dead

There was a definite George Romero moment in the London handover segment of the Olympic closing ceremony, so I just had to mash it up with an actual zombie movie soundtrack:

Here’s a direct link to the video in case the player doesn’t work.

Update: I had uploaded the video onto YouTube, and was hosting it there. After only an hour, and about 60 people had seen the video, I received a nastygram:

NBC Universal (Sports) has claimed some or all visual content in your video The Closing Ceremony of the Dead. This claim was made as part of the YouTube Content Identification programme.

Your video is no longer available because NBC Universal (Sports) has chosen to block it.

Oh yeah? What’s NBC Universal (Sports) got to do with anything? I got the video off the BBC. Fuck NBC Universal (Sports), and fuck YouTube. I’ll host it myself.

Update 2: Yes, I was a bit angry when I wrote that. I’ve calmed down now! I’m still a bit peeved at how swiftly YouTube capitulate to bogus requests. No one’s threatened me or asked me to take it down from here so far.


  1. chris morrell

    Wrote at 2008-08-24 23:23 UTC using Internet Explorer 7.0 on Windows Vista:

    Well done!....You know what? by that same token i claim every piece of “comedy-tainment” featured in the NBC show “The Office” ..Just by looking at it, i now claim entire creative ownership of a whole slew of mawkish Americanised “everyone’s a winner” type scenarios that i predicted to myself that they would probably perpetrate before i saw the programme.
    Anyway … I gave you that “Spout” link as it’s the most appropriate for the movie reference.
    I was going to ask you about the “I Player” hack..Everyone else responding seems to know exactly what they are doing,but i’m afraid i would need more of a”step by step” guide than the “read me” file provides.
    Chris Morrell
  2. Strawp

    Wrote at 2008-08-24 23:45 UTC using Firefox 3.0.1 on Linux:

    Ace :D
  3. Paul

    Wrote at 2008-08-25 22:29 UTC using Firefox on Linux:

    Under section 512(f) of the US Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) which says that:

    Any person who knowingly materially misrepresents under this section
    (1) that material or activity is infringing,
    (2) that material or activity was removed or disabled by mistake or misidentification,
    shall be liable for any damages, including costs and attorneys’ fees, incurred by the alleged infringer, by any copyright owner or copyright owner’s authorized licensee, or by a service provider, who is injured by such misrepresentation, as the result of the service provider relying upon such misrepresentation in removing or disabling access to the material or activity claimed to be infringing, or in replacing the removed material or ceasing to disable access to it.

    I say that you get yourself an American lawyer and sue their arse. Or get the BBC to sue them.
  4. Nic Wise

    Wrote at 2008-08-26 09:50 UTC using Firefox 3.0.1 on Windows XP 64 or Server 2003:

    I beleive that the DMCA has provisions in it for false claims, so yes, if you get hold of YouTube, they could, in theory, get NBC fined.

    Which would be good. :)

    I thought fair use for parody would apply on a 5 second clip!?
  5. Paul Battley

    Wrote at 2008-08-26 11:06 UTC using Firefox 3.0.1 on Linux:

    Fair use would apply under US law. I believe it’s also covered by the fair dealing provisions of English law, as a short snippet being used for the purpose of criticism.

    I’m not going to go through the counter-claim process, though. I’d have to write or fax all my personal details to Dublin, they’d pass my private information on to NBC Universal (Sports), and YouTube say, ‘We may then reinstate the material in question at our discretion.’ Hardly worth it.

    It just doesn’t matter: YouTube won’t fight for us. We have to do it ourselves.
  6. Kronalias

    Wrote at 2008-08-27 14:37 UTC using Firefox 3.0.1 on Windows XP:

    Outstanding. The vid made me laugh, as did your addendum – what an extremely sane, succinct and unambiguous comment!

    Cheers, good on you, K
  7. Paul Battley

    Wrote at 2008-08-31 14:21 UTC using Firefox 3.0.1 on Linux:

    Yeah, I was a bit irate when I wrote it! It seems wrong to take it off now that I’ve calmed down.