Copyright nazis take aim at dancing baby

happygeek 0 Tallied Votes 413 Views Share

According to a legal document published at the Electronic Frontier Foundation site, the copyright Nazis at Universal Music Group might have bitten off more than they can chew when they ordered the removal of a Dancing baby clip from YouTube.

Stephanie Lenz posted a video clip on YouTube of her 18 month old baby dancing. Oh ha ha, how original and amusing, you are probably not thinking. It seems that the lawyers at UMG didn't see the funny side either, as they issued YouTube with a notice to remove the clip for copyright violation. The terrible crime committed in this instance being that the baby was dancing, for a whole 29 seconds, to a Prince song. You know, that chap who gave away his last album as a freebie with the UK tabloid newspaper the Mail on Sunday. Anyway, UMG did not like the fact that a baby could be dancing to a 23 year old track (Let's Go Crazy) without getting some money out of it. Let's not worry about the small fact that the song was being played on the television, as part of the half time entertainment during the Super Bowl...

YouTube did as it was told and informed the offensive pirate mother that any further infringements would result in her account being cancelled.


No wonder so many people get hot under the collar about copyright issues when a giant such as UMG manages to get all heavy over such a stupid and meaningless 'infringement' as this. If it concentrated on piracy then perhaps it would get more public support, all that cases like this serve to do is entice more people into protesting against big-booted copyright protection.

Of course, the mighty UMG and its legal team probably never gave a second thought to swatting the fly that is a mother posting to YouTube. It might have done had it realised she is also a writer, and editor, and quite prepared to fight back.

Getting the EFF on the case, Ms Lenz has filed a suit against UMG which claims it misrepresented copyright claims under the US Digital Millennium Copyright Act as well as intentionally interfering with her contract with YouTube. Lenz also insists that UMG copyright was not infringed as the audio was covered under US copyright act 'fair usage' provision, something that as an editor she knows all about. Lenz has asked for costs and damages, the video to be reinstated and a jury trial so that UMG can be exposed as the big bully it so obviously is.

If you want to see what all the fuss is about, the offending video can be seen here for now.

scru 909 Posting Virtuoso Featured Poster

Are you kidding me? Or maybe thats a video of lower quality, cuz in the one in the link I can barely make heads or toes of what song is even playing.

Okay then.

Nobody is against these labels protecting their property; it's theirs. But sometimes I just have to wonder where these people's brains are. Why have a fit over a 29 second clip with such degraded audio, when you KNOW you're only gunna get bad publicity in the end? And it's not to say that if I wanted to buy that album, knowing that clip existed and was readily available would deter me...come on.

As they continue to do more and more of this, and piss more and more of ther consumers of, Musicians will begin to look for other ways to get their work out to their fans without them having to go through so much hassle. What with the internet, is that so hard to believe?

happygeek 2,411 Most Valuable Poster Team Colleague Featured Poster

That is, indeed, the clip. That is, indeed, the quality of the audio track. That is, indeed, the music industry shooting itself in the foot once again...

Grigor 17 Light Poster

This is about the time in this wolrd where we should just fall back to zero.

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