Australian mining giant pays price for video spoof defamation threatBy Rowena Dela Rosa Yoon Apr 25, 2012 5:31PM UTC
Australia’s mining giant, Xstrata Coal, is reported to have written Mumbrella, an online discussion site of “everything under Australia’s media and marketing umbrella” this week. The letter contains a threat of a legal defamation suit over a published video parody on Australia’s mining business allegedly posted by Mumbrella.
We therefore require that the video…..(and on any other website hosted by Mumbrella or YouTube) be removed immediately and remind you that all persons involved in the publication of defamatory material are equally liable for defamation. We also observe that the reproduction of the whole of the video taken from www.thisisourstory.com.au appears to constitute a breach of copyright.
The video has been deleted due to the defamation allegation. It is purportedly produced and posted as a union campaign by former Chaser member Charles Firth. It was deleted from the Australian Manufacturing Workers Union’s YouTube account in early December after a complaint from Xstrata.
As early as December, however, activist groups have put up a new site featuring a collection of parodies on Australia’s mining industry, This is the Real Story. Similar videos to ridicule mining business are also posted on YouTube, including this one:
The site comes with a Facebook page which is nearing a thousand fans.
This is the Real Story claims to be a site put up by a group of concerned satirists comprising of the Australian Satire Institute of Australia, the Chamber of Satire Studies (NSW), Queensland Satirical University, the Royal College of Japery (WA), Federal Council of Satirical Councils (Federal Branch).
“Together our member organisations comprise over 85% of all satirical output in Australia. These are the real stories about what Australian mining is doing to the economy. …These are the real stories about what Australian mining is doing to the economy,” the site claims
The main video voices over the claim of how good to do business in mining — to dig up the wealth of the earth and export it overseas. It also voices over a parody of where to get mining workers – from overseas labor or indigenous communities which are much “cheaper.”
The site compiles of video parodies about “the real stories in Mining” including that of Clive Palmer claiming the CIA is involved in Australia’s mining conspiracy.
While mining export boom should be a good news, local workers, indigenous communities, and Green activists have been on the rise to oppose mining.
Al-Jazeera also has produced a film on the mining ventures currently being undertaken in Australia. The video claims that while natural resources are powering Australia’s economy to record highs, there is a dark side to the mining boom.
… as demand from China for more resources grows, new mines continue to open across the country. But critics say there is a dark side to this success story. Mining regions attract transient workers keen to make a quick buck, creating social and environmental problems and a rising crime rate. Mines are also draining Australia’s pool of skilled labour from other industries and driving up wages. 101 East asks: What is the cost of Australia’s mining boom?
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