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respect an earned commodity, copyright abused again

July 17, 2010

Respect that is what is lacking from copyright, fair use is just paid lip service to the self-serving greedy collection agencies, good one APRA I do not know what copyright you hold on the song by Gloria Gaynor’s I Will Survive, however your acts in getting this clip removed is reprehensible and frankly disgusts me. I love the irony that this guy survived Auschwitz yet a video that celebrates this fact can’t survive the greed of the music industry.  I recommend you check out this excellent video because the above link may not be survive on-line for much longer so play it why you still can. Lets hope it can survive like Gloria.

You may not have heard of this but an Auschwitz survivor, who went back to Auswitz with his grandkids and recently filmed a video set to the old Gloria Gaynor’s song I Will Survive, Mike Masnick over at Tech dirt put together this post Performance Rights Group Takes Down YouTube Video Of Auschwitz Survivor Dancing To ‘I Will Survive’ At Aushwitz that details the case

The story is about the basic controversy over the video, as some folks find it offensive and others find it heartwarming. However, Benny notes that the video has been taken down. The video attached to that HuffPo story, when you click on it, says “This video is no longer available due to a copyright claim made by APRA.” APRA is a performance rights group for Australia, which raises a few questions as to why they’re able to take down a video for the rest of the world. It’s also not entirely clear if this was a YouTube ContentID match or a DMCA takedown (it would be nice if YouTube actually came out and said which one).

Defenders of such a takedown will, I’m sure, point out that they used the whole song without permission. However, this is clearly not a commercial venture, and is really an attempt to give a life-affirming message. It’s not as if they would have paid for the song otherwise. There is no money being “lost” here. In the meantime, it looks like the family has reposted the video while warning that it will likely get taken down again soon. At the time I write this, it is working:

I agree whole heartily with Mike’s sentiments, I have had enough, it’s hard to feel sorry for the music industry when they pull stunts like this, I would hate to recommend illegal downloading but it comes down to respect and these agencies  are so devoid of it that its surprises me none when this type of attitude rubs off on consumers, respect is a two way street. This stinks and is just another reason that the laws need to change. The irony is that these actions on behalf of the struggling music industry will do nothing at all to guarantee its survival, and more than likely just pisses more people off.

you know how I feel on copyright what about you? leave a comment always love to hear your say


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