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In an ironic twist, YouTube has honored a request by hip hop producer Lord Finesse to remove a video in which Dan Bull, a songwriter, rapper and YouTube satirist, criticized the producer’s own copyright abuses.
The subject of Bull’s video (no longer available on YouTube) was Lord Finesse’s $10 million lawsuit against up-and-coming indie rapper Mac Miller, who sampled Finesse’s 1995 hit “Hip 2 Da Game” in his 2010 track “Kool Aid & Frozen Pizza.” However, a substantial part of the musical track to which Finesse lays claim is actually from Jazz musician Oscar Peterson’s 1971 recording “Dream of You.”
Bull did not mince words in his video schooling Lord Finesse: “Unauthorized sampling and remixing are an integral part of hip hop culture,” Bull pointed out in the 1:49 track. But that lesson is not in the Digital Music Copyright Act textbook. Over the weekend, Finesse’s lawyers issued a copyright claim requesting that YouTube remove the clip.
In an eight-minute video about the takedown uploaded Sunday, Bull notes that no other videos sampling “Hip 2 Da Game” or “Dream of You” – not even Mac Miller’s – were issued copyright claims. Given the availability on YouTube of other videos featuring content to which Lord Finesse could potentially lay claim, Bull says “this makes it even more clear that my video wasn’t targeted for copyright reasons, but because it highlighted the hypocrisy of the lawsuit.”
Copyright laws in both the U.K. and U.S. make an allowance for “fair use” for the purposes of commentary or parody. Bull claims that his work qualified, as it was clearly both a parody and a commentary of Lord Finesse. Bull maintains he is legally (and morally, given hip hop’s history of appropriating pre-existing music) right in this situation, and that Finesse abused copyright law to censor him.
DMCA abuse is common given YouTube’s automation of copyright claims. The Google-owned site does not manually check for copyright infringement of the 72 hours of content uploaded every minute, so it simply agrees to take down contested clips. This automatic response, however, is easily co-opted by anyone from pranksters to angry ex-boyfriends eager to remove anything they desire, be it Justin Bieber’s music or embarrassing angry voicemails.
Normally when a video is removed due to a DMCA request, the uploader can file a counterclaim, although YouTube warns that counterclaim issuers must be “prepared to face a claimant in court.” In his follow-up video, Bull says that he has yet to issue a counter-claim because “frankly, I am a bit scared,” given Finesse’ $10 million lawsuit against Mac Miller.
Meanwhile, Web citizens angry at what they see as censorship on the Internet have taken to spreading Bull’s message, an example of the Streisand effect. To date, Bull’s “Michael Moore style” follow-up video of the DMCA takedown has been viewed 70 thousand times. In multiple Reddit threads – including one which hit the front page – audience members encourage Bull to sue Finesse, even offering him help by crowdfunding his expenses. “There needs to be a legal precedent set for cases like this to avoid future copyright claim abuse to censor the Internet,” wrote redditor and Machinima partner zBAWB.
On YouTube, dozens of users have taken to reuploading Bull’s removed video as an act of protest. “The whole point of reuploading this is to show that we won’t stand for that kind of bullshit censorship and misuse of copyright law,” wrote uploader oppstoppersnopp. “Dan has done nothing wrong, Mac has done nothing wrong, and we’re doing nothing wrong. We won’t be silenced.”
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This video is from the SEOmoz Meetup at the Search Church. Joanna is known as a paid search expert and she gives very specific advice in this video. I recommend you pay close attention and take notes.
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Joanna Lord is the Director of Customer Acquisition at SEOmoz.org, a leading SEO software company out of Seattle, WA. While she currently heads up SEOmoz’s paid search, affiliate, and acquisition marketing efforts, she is also a well-known social media enthusiast and frequent conference speaker. Her diverse experience in data analysis, paid search marketing, search engine [...]
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Read Description Please! This is the eigth track of the Hellsing RAID OST. This short but sweet anime series is one of my faves and is really well done and a great Action/Vampire anime series IMO The OST is really well done and features a lot of great songs from the anime. As all of you I am sure are already aware I am a huge Video Game and Anime fan and a mega fan of Asian Esp Japanese Culture In general and this is a great Anime series IMO. This anime IMO is one of the better Action/Vampire series. Alucard aka Dracula “Hint Hint” Is one of my favorite anime characters and definitely one of the coolest IMO This one Weighs in at 20 tracks total. As always I hope you enjoy and feel free to comment and or rate. This is track eight and it is called PS Lord Amitabha, Have Mercy On Me and it is 2:44 seconds. Disclaimer!!! Absolutely none of this is my work! This and all other tracks are performed by Geneon/ Yasushi Ishii and thier respected Composers/Musicans! I take absolutely no credit for this music whatsoever in any way shape and or form! All I am trying to do is share this great music from these great Games and Anime and hope that others will enjoy it as much as I do. I wonder for how many people will it bring back memories? I can say for myself whenever I listen to these soundtracks esp of older games and anime It brings back a lot of great memories. Like finally beating that boss and Then finishing the game and that sense of wonder you got from just playing these great …