Warner Music Selling Indie Videos They Have No Rights Over?
from the well-how-about-that dept
breadboi writes in to let us know that he recently saw that Warner Music was selling a music video on iTunes he directed and helped finance. The band in question apparently went on to sign with Warner at a later date, but that didn’t include the rights to the older video. It would be nice if there were independent confirmation that the rights to this video were not owned by Warner. However, assuming it’s true, as breadboi writes, this seems particularly ridiculous when you realize that Warner Music, as a big part of the RIAA, is actively going around suing kids for sharing music, while they go and try to sell someone’s music and video they have no rights over. Note, also, that Warner’s response is basically to say “oops, we’ll remove it” (which the article claims hasn’t happened yet). However, when they catch some student sharing some music, instead of offering her the opportunity to say “oops, I’ll remove it” like they did, they tell her to drop out of school to pay the fine they’re pushing on her. Somehow, that doesn’t seem fair. Separately, this also fits with a recent article from Billboard about how, in their infinite greed (and lack of any long term strategic thinking), the recording industry is now freaking out over sites like YouTube and Google Video posting music videos. Remember, the whole point of music videos used to be to help promote the act — and get people to buy more of their music. However, these days, the recording industry seems to have forgotten that, preferring to try to get you to pay for the same exact song again and again and again and again… even if they don’t actually own the rights apparently.