YouTube Users Breaking The Law?

I was reading the news section on my Sony Ericsson hand set this afternoon while coming home from a job interview and stumbled into a heading ‘YouTube Users May Be Breaking The Law.’

According to the news report a 12 year old girl had uploaded a video of herself lip-syncing along to a well known pop song onto YouTube. She was later served with a copyright infringement notice saying that she has breached copyright laws.

While there have been no prosecutions in Australia, major music companies, mainly in the United States have been demanding that such videos be removed from YouTube

The argument put forward was the the 12 year old girl was not competing with the original market.

Mr O’Brien Said “It doesnt have to be a radical change to the amendments, but something  that allows someone to remix a small amount of someone elses work and put it in a different context as long as its not for commercial purposes and doesnt compete with the original” Source: ABC News, Friday 27th October 2006

The Federal Government last week introduced its ‘new’ changes to copyright laws into Parliament.

Check Out the full article here and give us your thoughts on the issue.

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2 Responses

  1. As of the last few years, the music industry has been going crazy with music piracy across the internet and now they are going nuts at people just lipsyncing songs and posting them to YouTube.

    I’ve seen hundreds of video clips posted on YouTube of people lipsyncing popular songs and I didn’t think there was any problem with doing that.

    Lighten up RIAA an ARIA (American and Australian Music Industries) and let people have their fun.

  2. Indeed. With the release of programs like Napster, LimeWire and BitTorrent to name a few, the legalities and complaints from a myriad of music companies screaming piracy has gone insane.

    While they do have a valid point to it, someone has got to draw the line and stop screaming piracy over such a trivial incident like the lipsyncing incident.

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