Georgia Aquarium, dolphins and more tricks. This time with copyright claims.

As I have previously posted, the Georgia Aquarium and other U.S. aquariums are allowed to display dolphins only under certain conditions.  Those conditions include that there be a valid educational purpose to the display.  In these United States, dolphins cannot be displayed without this valid educational purpose.  Why?  Because we recognize that marine mammals are highly intelligent creatures and whose lives we value as part of a healthy and stable marine ecosystem and whom we intend to protect.  So say our laws.

In an earlier article, I tried to show you content of the Georgia Aquarium’s dolphin show so that you could form an opinion as to whether there was valid educational content.  I incorporated a video of one dolphin show, shot by a visitor to the Aquarium.  But my little endeavor to let you be the judge was thwarted.  After I published my article, the content on YouTube was disabled, due to a copyright claim by the Georgia Aquarium.

I don’t pretend to understand copyright law.  But neither, it would appear, does the Georgia Aquarium.  Layman’s explanation and all that, copyrights exist to prevent someone from capitalizing on the blood, sweat and tears of someone else’s creative process.  Like this very valuable blog, for instance.  Okay, so it’s not so valuable, but it is mine.  I created it.  No one can “borrow” from it, and claim it as their own.  And you know that this is a real possibility on this fine piece of blogmanship.  Not.

Could they, however, instead of Stealing my Superlative Stuff, quote me, with proper attribution?  Sure!  No copyright infringement there.  And you know that happens all the time, too.  Again, not.

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But the point is, if I create something, someone else can’t claim it as their own.  If I write something, a very important book critic might read it (I mean, a verrrry important critic) and want to write a review about it.  Could I claim copyright infringement if that critic chose to quote from my work an example of some simply marvelous way I have of saying things?  Of course not.  What if the famous critic didn’t like my work?  As hard as that might be to imagine, could I stop him or her from extracting and publishing a properly attributed excerpt from my book, just because I didn’t like the review?  You are ahead of me again.  Of course not.

So, back to the Georgia Aquarium’s disabling of video content of their dolphin show.  Video posted on YouTube and thence to my blog to show a snippet, a “quote” if you will, from the dolphin show.  It didn’t say it was from SeaWorld or some competitor’s show.  No, siree.  It was properly attributed, even to the individual who shot the video by being linked back to YouTube.

So, two questions:

  • Why would they want to disable that video? and
  • On what grounds could they assert that there was copyright infringement (bearing in mind the example of the book critic)?

As to the latter, I don’t know either.  As to the former, I’m going to try to help you answer that by, once again, sharing with you a video.  A video that might also help you answer a question about whether there is a valid educational purpose in keeping The Atlanta 11 in a concrete tank for displaying in this dolphin show.

And unless and until the Georgia Aquarium disables it, here from the YouTubes is a snippet, an excerpt, a quote from the Georgia Aquarium’s Dolphin Tales, filmed by someone named NatrlBrnKiLLER:

 The dolphins have taken the sea monsters to the bottom of the ocean.  – Star Spinner, Dolphin Tales, Georgia Aquarium

Please don’t be mislead that the dolphin show is either benign or educational.  Watch a movie that will educate you about dolphin captivity and take a pledge not to go to the dolphin show.

And on April 14, 2012, you can join a worldwide statement, Just Say No to the Dolphin Show, sponsored by Save Misty the Dolphin.  For more information on how you can participate, you can also reach out to Free the Atlanta 11, or leave a comment here.

17 responses to “Georgia Aquarium, dolphins and more tricks. This time with copyright claims.

  1. Pingback: Georgia Aquarium, dolphins and more tricks. This time with copyright claims. | Cove Blue for Jiyu « Kirsten Writes

  2. Kirsten Massebeau

    It is no surprise that the Georgia Aquarium does not want their video used. This show is nothing more than exploitation of sentient life. At one time it was people that were exploited. Today it’s dolphins. Thank-you for this revealing article. And for all those celebrities that have been photographed at the Atlanta Aquarium Shame on you!

  3. I agree whole-heartedly, Kirsten! It really is high time that the truth be told about what drives the engine here. It’s money.

  4. Eve-ewalina dassau

    this is ridiculous and not even entertaining…I have seen better entertainment from kindergarten classes and the best part is the dolphins and the worst part too, because they should not be there…they should be home in the oceans.

  5. I totally agree. I’m thinking the highest educational value was in knowing that dolphins can take sea monsters to the bottom of the ocean. And so very sad that we use this justification to keep these intelligent beings captive.

  6. i saw this the other day on youtube when i was researching dolphinaria world wide and this one disgusted me the most.all that noise, all those lights :/ it is the biggest in the united states and the most vile. how the visitors cannot see how abusive the treatment is to the dolphins i do not know. i have emailed them several times and also other organisations about them including news channels. not surprisingly i have had no response. thank you for reminding me i will contact them again and again. if i continue to get no reply, i will telephone them ,, from England. thank you for showing the world what a terrible place the Georgia Aquarium is.

  7. One day, the aquariums will be reasonably located relative to their natural fauna, will contain no marine mammals, except those who can’t be rehabilitated, and will have natural habitat (real ocean pens, with real ocean water, and real tides, and real stars overhead; not 12 or even 25 foot deep concrete tanks and a completely artificial setting). Thank you for your concern and your action to redress this situation!

  8. Even the educational requirements are pathetically thin. Hand out a few brochures and its all good. Keep at ’em Mo 🙂

  9. Thank you, Elizabeth. You bet – would love to interview you some time!!!

  10. Becky Pugh, Free the Atlanta 11

    This is a wonderfully revealing article Mo! The show is even sicker than I had imagined! You Rock! Don’t know how you have time for all of this…..barely keeping my head above water these days! Thanks for all you do! Hugs, Hugs, Hugs!

  11. Thank you! I had an interesting exchange earlier today that I want to share with you. I might work it into a blog; we’ll see.

    I had my first encounter with a pro-cap professional or two. And really want to explore that more, so that I can hear about more personally from their perspective. It should point me to what they consider to be their most compelling arguments. I want to know what they consider to be those.

    I wish I had more time for this.

  12. Interview me? I know nothing Mo, honest :)))) Although I did have interesting conversation with AMMPA about those regulations.

  13. Ooh and about the exact pro captive arguments mentioned above.

  14. You’re such a great writer/thinker – I would love to share thoughts. Not sure that I’m tracking on the pro-cap argument reference. You can always email me. : )

  15. Oh, sorry. You’re referring to my reference. Color me not paying attn. Would love to chat about that!

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