We still have to turn VW away from the Dark Side, but we’ve scored a small victory for internet freedom along the way.
A few days into our campaign while our Volkswagen film was the most shared ‘ad’ in the world, YouTube suspended it after a complaint from Lucasfilm.
We thought it strange that our film would be taken down three days into our campaign, while dozens of other parodies of the same Volkswagen advert – including one by the BBC – remained untouched.
Greenpeace International filed a counter notification via YouTube's website, protesting the censorship of the film and explaining that as a parody of VW’s commercial, any “references and clips from Star Wars were transformed for the purposes of commentary and criticism” (here's the full statement).
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