Record Labels Suing Porn Websites For Using Their Songs

from the sue-everyone dept

Michael Scott points us to the news that a bunch of big record labels have found their latest target for copyright infringement lawsuits: porn websites. Apparently, some of the websites that make their own videos have been including popular songs -- and some (*gasp*!) even show the actors lip-syncing along. It seems that the porn sites chose songs with... descriptive titles: Justin Timberlake's SexyBack, Michael Jackson's Don't Stop (Til You Get Enough) and Katy Perry's I Kissed a Girl. Assuming this ever gets to court, you have to imagine it will make for an interesting day in the courtroom when the "evidence" is shown.


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    Keven Sutton, Jul 13th, 2010 @ 6:35am

    .....music monkeys.....

    Adding video is considered transformative artwork right? Unless the music videos are being ripped off I'm not sure they have a leg to stand on.

    I really don't think people are watching this stuff for the music, they're watching it for something else.

     

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    BinaryRock, Jul 13th, 2010 @ 6:51am

    Deliberations

    How long do you think deliberations will take? "I need to see the evidence again."

     

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    Jay (profile), Jul 13th, 2010 @ 6:54am

    ...

    I really think the music industry is hitting rock bottom. Seriously, I wanted to submit this story but I thought it might be rated M for Mature when it came to the content. Usually we try to keep it PG13. Ya know... For the kids.

    Anyway, I'd love to see what comes of this but this might make a mess of everything the RIAA stands for.

     

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    One hand surfer, Jul 13th, 2010 @ 6:56am

    Re: .....music monkeys.....

    They play music in the videos?

     

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    One hand surfer, Jul 13th, 2010 @ 6:57am

    Re: Deliberations

    And the Court TV ratings go through the roof!

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jul 13th, 2010 @ 7:01am

    I don't want to hear those songs anymore. This whole deal with the record and movie companies is getting really boring. To feel so much fear just to listen to some tunes is really getting old. Their reaction to our boycott proves it's starting to work. You see lot's of people just stopped buying Sony and the other freedom breakers who sell crap products and then expect you to continue to pay for the rest of your life. Why would you buy something from an enemy? None of these companies are the consumers friend and will sell you a bill of goods rather than simply being honest.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jul 13th, 2010 @ 7:30am

    I think it's just the lawyers on retainers who are trying to justify their fees.

     

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    Pixelation, Jul 13th, 2010 @ 7:41am

    Looks like the porn industry is fu@#ed!

    Excuse me but how did they find out about this?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jul 13th, 2010 @ 7:50am

    Re: .....music monkeys.....

    People typically watch other movies for things other than the music, but that doesn't mean the movies don't need to pay to use the music.

    Really this is a perfect example of why there should be compulsory licensing of music in movies: porn movies need music, but copyright holders would probably prefer to keep their music out of porn movies entirely rather than negotiate the licensing.

     

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    Jerry, Jul 13th, 2010 @ 7:53am

    Is that the same porn industry that was complanining about copyright infringement and is one of the lead promoters of random lawsuits?

    Just checking

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jul 13th, 2010 @ 7:53am

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    I hope you're being sarcastic with the "rated M" thing.

     

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    weneedhelp (profile), Jul 13th, 2010 @ 8:03am

    They better be careful with this one. The P0rn industry has plenty of money.

     

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    Canucklehead, Jul 13th, 2010 @ 8:11am

    Porn Industry

    Its only a matter of time before the porn industry starts the witch hunt on file sharing. Oh wait, it would seem they're doing well without suing their fan base.

     

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    Chunky Vomit, Jul 13th, 2010 @ 8:13am

    Perhaps they can call it satire?

     

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    Hephaestus (profile), Jul 13th, 2010 @ 8:21am

    Re: Porn Industry

    Actually they already have started a witch hunt on file sharing.

     

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    Jay (profile), Jul 13th, 2010 @ 8:33am

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    Won't you PLEASE think of the children?

    ;)

     

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    Foshizol, Jul 13th, 2010 @ 8:39am

    I hate music in my porn.

     

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    ChurchHatesTucker (profile), Jul 13th, 2010 @ 8:44am

    Re:

    Best. Use. Of Billable Hours. EVAH!

     

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    harbingerofdoom (profile), Jul 13th, 2010 @ 8:55am

    Re: Re: .....music monkeys.....

    huh...who knew...

    maybe one of these days i should turn the sound on?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jul 13th, 2010 @ 11:19am

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    Anyway, I'd love to see what comes of this but this WILL make a mess ON everything the RIAA stands for.


    Fixed it for ya. :)

     

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    Killer_Tofu (profile), Jul 13th, 2010 @ 12:00pm

    Re: Re: .....music monkeys.....

    Really this is a perfect example of why there should be compulsory licensing of music in movies: porn movies need music

    BWAHAHAHAHA
    Porn movies need music. That's a good one. Lol.

     

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    another mike (profile), Jul 13th, 2010 @ 12:34pm

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    One more time, the music industry is doing fine. It's the recording industry that's failing.
    For that matter, the porn industry is doing great, too. They're taking full advantage of technology to reduce production and distribution costs and lower the barriers to entry. One could argue that the porn industry is the driving force behind a lot of the technology that the music and movie industries use. From home viewing and recording through to internet communities, porn was always an early adopter.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jul 13th, 2010 @ 5:04pm

    Well, I would certainly volunteer for jury duty on this case.

     

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    btrussell (profile), Jul 13th, 2010 @ 7:13pm

    Re: Re: .....music monkeys.....

    Yes. It is usually rap though.
    "uh uh uh, oh oh oh"
    "Take it all b***h"

     

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    Auditrix (profile), Jul 14th, 2010 @ 2:18pm

    Re: .....music monkeys.....

    Synchronizing music to visual images is not transformative. This is a very weak argument.

    Further, use in pornography may damage the value of a work.

    Either way, if film producers use your work, you deserve to be paid for it.

     

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    Meliss', Apr 1st, 2014 @ 6:43am

    Porn music songs available if needed/my own creations/contact w/song interest in subjest line

    okay, heres the thing, there are writers who woild gladly produce quality songs/music that can be played and recorded for use in their line of work. I am one of them. Oops, too late. I am making my work available, however so if youre interested in ecstasy infused songs, dont hesitate to contacy me at missyonthanet@gmail.com

     

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    Mel, Apr 1st, 2014 @ 6:46am

    Re: Porn music songs available if needed/my own creations/contact w/song interest in subjest line

    By the way, that wasnt an april fools joke. I am a songwriter/journalist & can be contacted under Melissa Carruthers on facebook. Thanks, Melissa Carruthers Wilson

     

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