It was practically a yr in the past that meme artist Carpe Donktum suffered a everlasting Twitter ban over a meme allegedly for copywright infringement. Those who felt they’d been infringed upon lawyered up, and as that case now heads to court docket, lawyer Ven Johnson for the plaintiffs launched a video on Twitter. He has been roundly ratioed for his efforts.
Ven Johnson, of Ven Johnson Law, will be seen sitting in a company setting discussing the which means behind Juneteenth, and his assist for it. “We have that chapter behind us, and obviously, we need to face our past and we we gotta be in this thing together, all races working together,” he mentioned.
Then he acquired to the purpose of the video. “I also want to remind you,” he mentioned, “that last year, on Juneteenth, then President Trump thought it’d be a good time to post a racist, doctored video that involved my client, we call that the ‘Toddler Video Case.'”
“That case is still pending in state court,” the lawyer mentioned. “We’ll be arguing a huge motion to dismiss coming up, where the defendants—Trump, and others—are trying to throw it out of court, we’ll say ‘no,’ of course, and we’ll fight for our clients and I’ll report back to you.”
He said his solidarity with “African Americans folk and all folks of color,” vowing to “never let that happen again anywhere in our world.”
Signing off, he mentioned “keep on fighting, no justice no peace.”
At the time of writing the video had over 450 scathing feedback, a whole bunch greater than the 44 retweets and 13 likes Ven Johnson Law garnered.
Replies included memes that confirmed a tin for “butt-hurt salve,” and one other that mentioned “keep on Trumpin’.”
Others identified that clearly neither Johnson nor his purchasers had any understanding of satire. It goes on this fashion for seemingly infinite scrolling.
What did Donktum do? He used a meme to create one other meme. Donktum’s meme used footage of two toddler boys working down the road, a black boy is working in entrance of the white boy.
It satirized the breathless and hysterical protection of CNN with a purposely misspelled caption studying “Terrified toddler runs from racist baby,” then a reveal reveals the unique video of the boys embracing so as to ship the message: “America is not the problem. Fake news is the problem.”
The intention of it was to level out the pretend information put out by CNN and mainstream media. It confirmed how straightforward it’s for information media to take video and manipulate it to assist their narrative of actuality. It was, as Ven Johnson notes, tweeted out by the Trump marketing campaign.
The meme was within the public area, in accordance to Donktum, however the meme’s unique creator lawyered up in an try to punish Donktum as a result of the meme was common with supporters of President Trump.
Donktum replied on the time, saying “Yes, I have been permanently banned from Twitter for ‘copyright infringement.’ I have always abided by any DCMA takedown I have received. I have NEVER violated a takedown. The most recent takedown was this morning and it was fraudulent. The Toddler video was and is public domain and protected by the law under satire and parody. Thanks for your support.”