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Published on Oct 3, 2012
On September 17, 2012, we posted the video: "Cathay Pacific Business Class: designed for perverts?"
The animation dealt with the issue of masturbation by male passengers in the Business Class section on Cathay Pacific's long-haul flights. The animation was based on complaints made to NMA.
Cathay Pacific, of course, did not like the video. It asked NMA to remove the video but we refused. Never in the course of Cathay's correspondence with NMA did Cathay address the issue that males passengers have been seen masturbating aboard Cathay flights.
Cathay first sought to limit distribution of the video, claiming the animation violated YouTube's community standard guidelines.
Then, for extra measure, it asked YouTube to remove the video altogether under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, claiming NMA had violated Cathay's copyright.
In the United States, copyright law has carved our exceptions for satire, parody and criticism.