If Pachelbel Were Still Alive Today, Would He Be Suing YouTube?
from the just-curious dept
We’ve joked about bored reporters scouring YouTube for any popular video to be the basis of a news story, but this NY Times article about a bunch of random semi-anonymous guitarists (including one very good one who the reporter tracked down) recording rock versions of Pachelbel’s Canon (you know, “the wedding song”) has one other interesting point that isn’t mentioned in the article at all: imagine if Johann Pachelbel were still around and this song were under copyright? Instead of talking about the wonders of young guitarists across the world experimenting with new versions of the song and recording themselves doing so, we’d be hearing stories about copyright infringement and how these young musicians aren’t paying performance royalties. Then we’d hear about how this needs to be stopped “for the sake of the artists” who are getting ripped off. Instead, we get to hear (and see) new music in action.