Independent MP Ákos Hadházy noticed that the pro-government “Mini Feri” campaign ads parodying the Austin Powers movie series had been hit with a DMCA takedown order and removed from YouTube.
This video is no longer available due to a copyright claim by Warner Bros. Entertainment.
-reads a screenshot Hadházy posted on his Facebook page after he tried to access it on YouTube. He added the comment:
The pitiful thieves have once again been busted.. The primitive “Mini Feri” video was stolen from Austin Powers without Warner’s permission.
News channel RTL previously asked Warner Bros. if it had agreed to let Fidesz and the Civil Unity Forum (CÖF) use scenes from the Mike Myers films in its ads, but the company didn’t comment at the time, noted the opposition politician.
Since then, says Hadházy, they have begun to silently take down these “embarrassing atrocities,” while they can still be seen on smaller video sites “for whoever has the stomach for it.”
They’ve stolen thousands of billions of forints, but are stingy when it comes to a few million for film rights.
-added the opposition MP.
The visual design and message in the videos are the same as a poster campaign launched by CÖF and seen around the country. The political parody features former Prime Minister Ferenc Gyurcsány portrayed as the “Dr. Evil” character, and opposition prime ministerial candidate Péter Márki-Zay as the character “Mini-Me.” [Népszava, RTL]