Faith Healer Adam Miller Sues Over Critical YouTube Video, Guaranteeing It Tons Of Attention

May 12, 2015

By Mike Masnick

Oh boy. Today in Streisanding, we’ve got a lawsuit filed by Adam Miller, a faith healer, against Stephanie Guttormson, supposedly over claims of copyright infringement and defamation, though neither claim holds up under much scrutiny. Instead, this looks like a typical SLAPP suit, in which Miller is upset about a video that mocks him and his faith healing and decides to sue over it. Enter Stresiand Effect. The video is currently up, and the view count is rapidly escalating. At the time the lawsuit was filed (according to the lawsuit) it had about 1,500 views. Now it’s much more:

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There’s nothing too surprising in the video, but it basically uses one of Miller’s own promotional videos and intersperses some commentary and criticism. The lawsuit… is… well… a joke. First, he claims copyright infringement, though this is pretty obviously fair use. It’s being used for criticism and commentary, and in order to make that work, it needs to show clips of the video. Miller’s lawyer tries, weakly, to present a few arguments to try to get around fair use, including arguing that it’s commercial use. Of course, as we keep repeating, commercial use does not mean that you can’t have fair use. Tons of fair use involves commercial use. And, even given that, it’s ridiculous to argue that this is “commercial use.” The best the lawsuit can do is claim that the inclusion at the end of the video of a couple of “advertisements” makes it commercial. That, alone, probably isn’t even enough to claim this is “commercial use,” (which is generally more about selling the actual work or directly profiting). Plus, it’s not even accurate. The “advertisements” aren’t really advertisements at all, but rather a friendly acknowledgement of who sent her the video, with a link to that guy’s own website and audio bookstore, with a mention that Guttormson appears on that guy’s podcast every so often.

The lawsuit also claims too much of the original video was used, but there’s little evidence to support that. Guttormson comments on basically every clip in the video, so it’s hard to see how she’s using “more of the original work than was necessary” as the lawsuit claims.

The lawsuit also alleges, as part of the copyright claim, that “Guttormson is liable for the actual harm caused to Mr. Miller as a result of Guttormson’s infringement and statutory damages.” That’s an interesting claim, but completely bullshit in the copyright context. The “actual harm” has to be over the copyright. Unless there was “actual harm” in Miller no longer being able to license/sell that video to a third party because they felt they could see it all for free through Guttormson’s video (a crazy claim), then there’s no actual harm. If the commentary in Guttormson’s video, which mocks Miller’s wacky faith healing nonsense, created “actual harm,” well, that’s not a copyright issue and is unrelated to any copyright claim.


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14 comments on “Faith Healer Adam Miller Sues Over Critical YouTube Video, Guaranteeing It Tons Of Attention

  • So according to this Adam Miller, anyone can be healed at any time ? Is this Holy Spirit which heals his patients, the same one who set off the Nepal earthquakes, and the forthcoming El Nino events ?

    JEEZ ! Head bangs table at the stupidity of this Miller’s tale !



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  • Reminds me of a good friend who graduated science with a higher grade point average than mine – and became a Chiropractor. Now he thinks he can cure cancer with ‘adjustments’ (vertebral subluxation).



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  • Reminds me of a good friend who graduated science with a higher grade point average than mine..

    There is as yet, an unnamed scientific phenomena regarding the correlation between academic brilliance and Common Dog F#$%. (CDF) While there is a strong correlation between people having high intelligence and who also possess CDF, it is not always the rule. Witness the most of the bright denizens of this forum.

    We need to conduct tests to identify the IQ and CDF Quotients of each person. In my employment, we had people, well qualified that completely lacked CDF, and who could not leave the office without a minder. We also had people who graduated from shopping trolley collection that you would trust you life to. And did. So no CDF people being air traffic controllers, or light bulb changers.

    dvbivs. Maybe your good friend was low on the CDF Quotient.



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  • “It’s important to note…..” that he makes a good living off of this horse manure. (Remember, someone did make something out of actual horse manure: fertilizer! Maybe he’ll be as lucky!)

    The only people dumber than this guy are the people who go to him for “cures.”



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    sangfroid says:

    Although his website and Facebook pages are down he still has postings on Pinterest from four people. I commented on three of them, very tactfully, that they may want to remove their postings of his now defunct site. The fourth one would have been a lost cause (a Mrs Dirt) to try and convert. See https://www.pinterest.com/source/adam-healer.com/

    By the way, I dicovered this after I posted, the third one was an Eve Miller who may be his partner. She was just pinning quotes one of which is supposedly by Adam Miller (very likely his after you read it).



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  • I’ve heard of the odd person who have had a ‘near’ death experience and survived… Those however who have had a death experiences haven’t. That’s because by definition their dead and usually remain so. He therefore must be deceased, this could certainly explain the slow talking… One benefit I can foresee in spending a few hours with this zombie would predictably make death a far more appealing alternative.



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  • Armand
    May 13, 2015 at 2:24 pm

    “It’s important to note…..” that he makes a good living off of this horse manure.
    (Remember, someone did make something out of actual horse manure: fertilizer!

    Then there’s the mushroom industry, but in that industry they chop off heads which appear out of the manure, rather than asking them for advice!



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  • Those eyes are just creepy! I’d have trouble talking to him for 10 minutes….

    So in summary, he provides an amateur counselling session, no doubt creating an intense emotional response, and follows it up with some calming meditation.



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  • 14
    NearlyNakedApe says:

    He therefore must be deceased, this could certainly explain the slow talking…

    The Talking Dead….

    Well his eyes and his “coitus interruptus” style of speech sure make him look like the brain behind them is having a near-death experience every few seconds. Good thing he’s not in charge of his own legal defense: the trial hearings would drag on for years. His closing argument to the jury alone would take weeks to deliver.



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