The RIAA Says No Dancing To Music On YouTube
from the how-dare-you! dept
We already know that the entertainment industry loves to try to get people to pay for every possible use of their content. Remember the filmmaker who almost couldn’t release his documentary because there was a four and a half second clip of The Simpsons playing in the background in one scene? It seems that with the rise of user-generated video, a lot more people are learning about the fun of licensing rights. The RIAA is apparently sending out cease-and-desist letters to YouTube users who dare to put up videos of things such as themselves dancing to music they haven’t licensed. It’s difficult to see how the RIAA can make a credible claim of “losses” in this case. Clearly, some kids videotaping themselves bopping along to some song aren’t going to pay a license fee — and these sorts of viral videos tend to help build up more interest in artists. So what good does it do to go after these videos?