Reality: 1, Uri Gellar: 0

Woo hoo! A few months ago, some of my friends and acquaintances started getting notices from YouTube that their uploaded videos violated copyright. All these videos had one thing in common: Uri Gellar. His company, Explorologist, Ltd., claimed to own the material in question, even when it was well-known that the videos were in fact owned by, say, the BBC.

This time, they messed with the wrong guys. When YouTube pulled down videos posted by the Rational Response Squad and suspended the account, the RRS fought back by suing Uri Gellar, since he owned only a 3-second clip of a 15-minute video. The upcoming lawsuit will be delicious, involving the meting out of justice to a con artist who rightfully deserves every bit of it, both for his continued insistence that he uses real psychic powers to bend spoons and perform other utterly useless and banal tasks as well as for his attempt to intimidate others into staying quiet.

Brian Sapient and the rest of the Rational Responders — the brains behind the Blasphemy Challenge and the people who recently debated Kirk Cameron and Ray Comfort on Nightline — are once again leading the pack on aggressively fighting pseudoscience and nonsense. Go get ‘im, guys!

Rebecca Watson

Rebecca is a writer, speaker, YouTube personality, and unrepentant science nerd. In addition to founding and continuing to run Skepchick, she hosts Quiz-o-Tron, a monthly science-themed quiz show and podcast that pits comedians against nerds. There is an asteroid named in her honor. Twitter @rebeccawatson Mastodon Instagram @actuallyrebeccawatson TikTok @actuallyrebeccawatson YouTube @rebeccawatson BlueSky

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  1. You can bet that Ol' Uri isn't going after any credulous Youtubers out there who have flattering clips of him in their videos…

  2. EFF is awesome. I wish they gave membership cards like the ACLU does. I'd love to carry one around.

    (As it is, I donated some quantity of money to them last winter. Can't remember how much it was. But they totally deserve it.)

  3. Shouldn't a psychic be able to tell if a course of action is likely to end badly? This guy is not only a liar, he's STUPID.

    This is going to result in some publicity for Geller, but not the kind he wants.

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