Lucasfilm nixes Greenpeace ‘Little Darth Vader’ spoof – or was it Volkswagen?

Alas it’s gone, YouTube has pulled the Greenpeace ‘Little Darth Vader’ spoof commercial that spearheaded the environmental group’s assault on giant carmaker Volkswagen for allegedly trying to block emissions legislation.

Lucasfilm, headed by Star Wars producer George Lucas, is claiming copyright infringement, which I suppose it is. Lucasfilm, presumably, was also paid shedloads of money by Volkswagen to allow Little Darth to appear in the much-praised ad by Deutsch.

So does that mean that the film could reappear on YouTube if Greenpeace coughed up some money?

Or do I detect a loud rumble from Wolfsburg indicating ‘Nein!’

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