MTV Bleeps File Sharing Software Out Of Music Videos

from the you-can't-make-this-stuff-up dept

Reader Matthew Muro writes in to let us know of a rather insane bit of news. MTV's new video hosting site is apparently bleeping out the names of file sharing sites in Weird Al Yankovic's famous 2006 song "Don't Download This Song." The opening verse to the song goes as follows:
Once in a while maybe you will feel the urge
To break international copyright law
By downloading MP3s from file-sharing sites
Like Morpheus or Grokster or Limewire or KaZaA
Yet, in that new MTV version, the last line is "Like *BLEEP* or *BLEEP* or *BLEEP* or *BLEEP*" rather than naming the four file sharing programs. Watch it here:

You can see the original (unbleeped) video on Weird Al's own YouTube site, which (again, inexplicably) has embedding disabled, or we'd put it here for comparison purposes.

MTV's actions really have me scratching my head. Do they think that the names of file sharing programs are the equivalent of curse words? Or do they really think that, by bleeping them out, people won't be able to figure out what's in the song? Seems like yet another sign of how out of touch MTV has become from today's musically-inclined youth.


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    Anonymous Coward, Oct 30th, 2008 @ 1:06pm

    MTV == IntarWebs Censors

    Misguided fools

     

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      ehrichweiss, Oct 30th, 2008 @ 1:57pm

      Re: MTV == IntarWebs Censors

      you've spelled it wrong...

      eMpTyV

      it's still pronounced the same

       

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      Dan, Nov 1st, 2008 @ 10:11am

      Re: MTV == IntarWebs Censors

      My guess is that the "fools" are everyone who was fooled by this into trashing MTV. Dollars gets you donuts that Wierd Al did this on purpose. It's just another way to point out how silly the RIAA is, which is the whole point of the song.

       

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    warren, Oct 30th, 2008 @ 1:06pm

    MTV Bleeps File Sharing Software Out Of Music Videos

    Chicken Little [MTV]: "The Sky is falling, the Sky is falling!"

     

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    Petréa Mitchell, Oct 30th, 2008 @ 1:10pm

    Perhaps they're trying to be ironic

    It's within the realm of possibility that MTV is trying to make it funnier for an audience that already know about those sites and the associated controversy.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Oct 30th, 2008 @ 1:10pm

    "Copyrights Restrict Us From Playing This Video Outside The U.S."

    So... is it okay if I use utorrent then?

     

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      Eric the Grey, Oct 30th, 2008 @ 2:55pm

      Re:

      When Weird Al first put this out, you could download it from his site (or was it his my space page?), which only added to the humor value.

      Dunno if it's still available, but check and see.


      EtG

       

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    Trevor, Oct 30th, 2008 @ 1:15pm

    It might be a joke. I thought it was pretty effing hilarious.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Oct 30th, 2008 @ 1:25pm

    I wouldn't put it past the RIAA to have offered up some sort of "incentive" (use your imagination) for doing it, just to keep anyone from "getting any ideas" from it.

     

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    vinod, Oct 30th, 2008 @ 1:35pm

    well - they are married to the RIAA

    I'm sure they are not doing it to prevent piracy, but to appease the RIAA and other artists that believe in RIAA's cause. There is no way they can believe that blocking the words out will make any difference in how many people download pirated songs, but you can't blame their legal department to try to avoid unnecessary law suits.

     

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    jeff, Oct 30th, 2008 @ 1:45pm

    Download THIS song?

    LOL if you want to download this song (yes, really)
    Check out http://www.record-online-media.com

    LOL i love weird al

     

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    Nick Nack, Oct 30th, 2008 @ 1:52pm

    I'd watch but..

    "Copyrights Restrict Us From Playing This Video Outside The US"

    Bloody brilliant!

     

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    monkey, Oct 30th, 2008 @ 1:53pm

    that is rather ironic, considering the fact that the song is satirical and critical of the strong arm actions the RIAA is taking against the fans of music. you would think the fat cats at Viacom would have just black listed the song.

     

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    Jimmy The Vulcan, Oct 30th, 2008 @ 1:56pm

    Does it occur to anyone that they may have done this for the free publicity?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Oct 30th, 2008 @ 2:09pm

    can any1 say viacom?

     

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    Cyryl, Oct 30th, 2008 @ 2:48pm

    MTV has BEEN out of touch for more than a decade.

    Are you kidding? MTV quit being MTV back in the 90's.

    It is no longer Music Television. It should be RBTNGAFATV.

    (Random Bullshit That Nobody Gives A Fuck About TV.)

    The original MTV used to play music videos. For good music. Not all the SHIT they make nowadays.

    Hell... MTV was ROCK.

    Now it's nothing but videos about rapper morons who think far too much of themselves.

    MTV can kiss my ass. They sold out YEARS ago.

     

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      nasch, Oct 31st, 2008 @ 1:39pm

      Re: MTV has BEEN out of touch for more than a decade.

      Oh come on, don't forget Yo! MTV Raps. Or was that when they jumped the shark in your opinion? And by the way, MTV doesn't play music videos anymore. That's MTV2.

       

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    TriZz, Oct 30th, 2008 @ 3:01pm

    Retarded...

    People will hear the beeps, get curious, get the unedited song and then inexplicably check out those problems to see what the hype is about...

    ...I guess this shows just how lost MTV has gone from it's target demographic.

     

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    Michael, Oct 30th, 2008 @ 3:04pm

    MTV and its end

    What is MTVs plan? To show everyday that nobody want to look strange shows in a music channel instead of good music? And that you buy CDs now because there is no good music channel any more on TV? sure, we all listen to music online but that is also because we have no other possiblity. There is no more music channel in TV with meaningful music

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Oct 30th, 2008 @ 3:08pm

    Wouldn't the beeps make it a bit more, whats the word, noticable? and those who are curious enough to find what those lyrics are, end up looking up on our favorite media, the internet. Possibly driving more attention to these sites?

     

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    John, Oct 30th, 2008 @ 3:14pm

    Hmm...

    My information may be a bit dated, but isn't Morpheus and Kazaa avoided by "real" sharers because both are full of spyware, toolbars, and other junk?

    And wasn't Grokster sued by the MPAA or RIAA? Is it even still around?

    But, my point is this: why would MTV (or Viacom) want to bleep out the names of file-sharing services that were popular TWO YEARS ago? It's like bleeping out the word "Napster" from a song made in 1998.

     

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      aSavage, Oct 30th, 2008 @ 5:24pm

      Re: Hmm...

      You would be correct -plus limewire is a virus pit- people use torrents,e-mule and openNap the most with openNap private servers being the safest [imho]

       

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    SteveD, Oct 30th, 2008 @ 3:20pm

    America-only?

    Someone explain to me how this new site is going to compete with youtube if the lock it to non-US residents?

     

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    James, Oct 30th, 2008 @ 3:30pm

    not new... but in this format?

    MTV has always blurred brands of non-sponsors--no free rides there. Anyone think of an example where a song has had an obvious product or brand name, and did they censor it too?

     

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    Guy One, Oct 30th, 2008 @ 3:40pm

    my day

    Oh man... this just made my day.
    Thank you Techie dirt.


    Excelsior

     

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    Murray Rothstein, Oct 30th, 2008 @ 4:08pm

    No way MTV did it to be funny (although it would have been).
    MTV sucks and and they don't have any creativity in their tight corporate arses.
    I'm sure Sumner Redstone is friends with Barbara Streisand he should ask her about the deleterious effects that can be encountered by trying to block information using this inter-web thingy.

     

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    John Doe, Oct 30th, 2008 @ 5:13pm

    MTV has sucked for many, many years.

     

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    HILLSFAN, Oct 30th, 2008 @ 5:30pm

    LEAVE MTV ALONE!

    I LOVE MY MTV! YOU PATHETIC NERDS NEED TO LEAVE THEM ALONE. THEY DO ALL SORT OF STUFF LIKE ENCOURAGE PEOPLE TO VOTE AND HELP TEENAGERS WITH PROBLEMS. THEY PLAY ALL KINDS OF GREAT MUSIC IN THERE AWSOME SHOWS. THEY ARE BETTER THEN YOU AND YOU ALL NEED TO STOP OBSESSING WITH THEM CAUSE YOUR NOT HOT!

    OBAMA 08!!!!!!

     

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      PopCultureSucks, Oct 30th, 2008 @ 5:40pm

      Re: LEAVE MTV ALONE!

      ^ Another mindless pop culture teenager here, I see. In case you haven't noticed, brainwashed one, MTV != (Does Not Equal) music.

      Go to your TV, and look at the lineup for MTV's TV shows. See any music shows? Blocks of music videos in the morning? NO! There is NO MUSIC on MTV anymore - just shitty, generic, pathetic, scripted, copied "reality" shows.

      I heard they are canceling their LAST REMAINING music TV show: TRL. HA! No more Music for "Music" Television.

      Protip: Most of us don't give a shit about looking "HOT" in the pathetic state of pop culture in the US. I oppose pop culture :)

      PS: Rule 31 and Rule 32. Since your a "spend hours on MySpace making my cool profile that blasts MTV music full blast" type of kid, you probably have no idea what that means, so read the Rules of the Internet (Google it!)

       

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      Cyryl, Oct 30th, 2008 @ 7:00pm

      Re: LEAVE MTV ALONE!

      1.) It's not YOUR MTV.
      2.) It USED TO BE EVERYONES' MTV. Not just the PR playground for RAPPERS and other shit artists.
      3.) It's not EETVTV. (Encourage Everyone To Vote TV.) It's FUCKING MUSIC TV. If I wanted to be encouraged to vote instead of watch/listen to music, I'd go to a political rally instead of sit on my ass at home and TRY to watch music videos.
      4.) Shows? 'AWESOME'? Are you FUCKING kidding me? Once again, I need to remind you that it's MUSIC TV. Not SHOW TV. That's the whole fucking problem. WE WANT MUSIC. NOT OVER-SPONSORED, OVER-HYPED, OVER-RATED BULLSHIT.

      JUST MUSIC.

      5.) Hot? You believe that I think I'm 'hot' just because I'm a little pissed off at SELL-OUTS?

      What? Are you FUCKING BLONDE? STFU.

      But yes. Obama for the win. Even as a fellow soldier, I STILL can't vote for McCain and his crazy, war-lovin', back-talkin' ass.

      ...But you're STILL blonde.

       

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      46, Oct 31st, 2008 @ 3:17am

      Re: LEAVE MTV ALONE!

      funny/scary, you sound like Faux News fan

       

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      Martin, Oct 31st, 2008 @ 4:14am

      Re: LEAVE MTV ALONE!

      Obviously, you forgot your irony tags. Pretty subtle reference to the "Leave Britney alone"-video, too.

       

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      InanimateOne, Oct 31st, 2008 @ 6:21am

      Re: LEAVE MTV ALONE!

      You must not remember the real MTV. I remember the day it starting airing on cable television. It had a few VJ's (video jockies, not disc jockies) and showed nothing but videos and MTV News. Then they cam up with a few shows but they were still centered only around videos (i.e. Headbangers Ball and YO! MTV Raps). It was a great channel and an awesome way to stay current on new music. Then "The Real World" debuted and MTV changed forever. You can't find a video on MTV if you treid--you may get a 60 second clip of a video on TRL, which is a horrible show by the way, but thats the most you will get. MTV was forced to come up with MTV2 just so they could show videos because the regular MTV is nothing but annoying reality shows now. My wife is addicted to it so I am able to list some from memory--The Gauntlet, Road Rules, Who's Next, The Hills, Date My Mom, TRL, Making The Band, and on and on......
      With all that there is no time for music. MTV was groundbreaking when it came out, and had a loyal following. Too bad that no one under 30 knows what MTV once was and, like you, they think that the current MTV "plays all kinds of great music." Not only do they not play great music, they hardly play music at all. So, per your request we will "LEAVE MTV ALONE!"

       

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      Anonymous Coward, Oct 31st, 2008 @ 7:06am

      Re: LEAVE MTV ALONE!

      This is a reference to that Briney Spears thing, isn't it?

       

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    Xauri'EL, Oct 30th, 2008 @ 5:34pm

    You know what's *really* funny about that video?

    I tried to play it and got a 'copyright law forbids us from playing this video outside the US'

    LOL

     

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    Bob, Oct 30th, 2008 @ 5:37pm

    It Part Of

    It just part of the corporate protection racket, nothing more.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Oct 30th, 2008 @ 5:43pm

    Obvious joke is so obvious and funny.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Oct 30th, 2008 @ 6:10pm

    weaksauce

     

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    Derek Reed (profile), Oct 30th, 2008 @ 9:51pm

    Did I miss the joke?

    Didn't MTV just willingly let all of us download this song? and at greater cost to them than if we used one of those other services?

     

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    elduderino, Oct 30th, 2008 @ 11:06pm

    I may have missed someone saying it before but perhaps mtv is simply reading a lot of tech dirt and trying to cash in on the barbara streisand effect?

     

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    46, Oct 31st, 2008 @ 3:25am

    what do you expect from money-hungry coke-heads? Poetry?

     

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    anon, Oct 31st, 2008 @ 7:24am

    So this doesn't work to embed it then?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Oct 31st, 2008 @ 7:25am

    mtv get off the air

    mtv has never done anything but serve pure filth to the masses. stop complaining about them not showing your kind of filth.if you ever thought mtv air'ed great/godo music you're even further "out there". the one criteria they've always set is "commercial". if yes show else burn and diss.

     

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    Lame Bob, Oct 31st, 2008 @ 7:45am

    Lame

    oh, a thread generalizing the already lame network as if they were adding some real meaning in someones life. Certainly anyone who listens to or enjoys music at all doesn't look to MTV to show them the way. MTV is the equivalent of that poo you cant get to flush...it just keeps hanging around staining everything it touches as it whips around the mainstream toilet and smells like the devil, yet people all love it and talk about it as if its interesting...like I'm doing.

     

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    Bert, Oct 31st, 2008 @ 10:13am

    really?

     

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    Bert, Oct 31st, 2008 @ 10:16am

    really?

    So, you can't mention the file scaring sites on MTV's site, but you can everywhere else. ANyone who knows how to use internet and view mtv.com can simply do a search for the unedited version, so why bother at this point? Information is too universal to bleep anything out anymore.
    And while we're at it, why not bleep mention of crack or stealing cars or robbing liquor stores? I mean, if the mere mentioning of something is equivelant to supporting it, then MTV is telling kids to do drugs and rob people.

     

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    DaveTV, Oct 31st, 2008 @ 10:38am

    MTV play a Wierd Al video, "What the f***?"

    What is this, "1983?" Since when does that lameass, skidmark network play videos, let alone "Weird Al" videos? What I can't figure out, is why someone was actually watching MTV at the exact moment it came on. This thread was created by the guy who misprogramed his DVR to MTV. It took me longer to type this out, than my total viewership of that crap channel in 2008.

    Bottom Line: MTV could rerevolutionize TV, but no one would know. They've tarnished their rep and there is no looking back.

     

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    namr, Oct 31st, 2008 @ 2:32pm

    tv is history FULL STOP vote obama FULL STOP

     

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    Tony Rayo, Oct 31st, 2008 @ 5:17pm

    Maybe It Was Submitted This Way?

    I notice no one has thought of the possibility that Weird Al *SUBMITTED* the video like this. I think that is just as possible as MTV bleeping out the words. In fact MTV has aired documentaries on piracy and copyright violation so I am putting my money on Weird Al just making fun of the corporations. In fact if Yahoo Music Videos was working, I could check there to see if it's self-censored (for anyone that wants to try at a later date, here is the link http://new.music.yahoo.com/videos/--35255383 ).

     

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    Tony Rayo, Oct 31st, 2008 @ 5:41pm

    So much for that...

    Wow I guess I was being naive... no bleeps on that site.

     

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    Gina, Nov 2nd, 2008 @ 7:58pm

    NY Times article up about this

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 20th, 2009 @ 3:27pm

    Weird Al explained that MTV contacted him and told him they would not air his video if the references to the filesharing programs were not in some way removed, so he "made the creative decision to bleep them out as obnoxiously as possible, so that there would be no mistake I was being censored."[

     

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