YouTube axes spoof Hitler rants

Adolf Hitler, for years a vessel of frustration in a popular internet video, was silenced by YouTube.

Downfall, a German film released in 2004 about Hitler's last days, was adapted for wildly popular YouTube parodies that spanned mock rants about topics as varied as playing Xbox video games to Kanye West and Apple's new iPad.

Every spoof is from the same scene in the film: A furious, defeated Hitler, played by Bruno Ganz, unleashes an impassioned, angry speech to his remaining staff, huddled with him in his underground bunker.