The Chilling Effects Of Warner Music's YouTube Takedowns
from the it's-about-chilling-effects,-not-lawsuits dept
The EFF is reporting on the chilling effects created by Warner Music’s regular takedowns of videos of things like kids singing “Winter Wonderland” on YouTube. Due to liability issues, it’s a very scary thing to contest a DMCA takedown — as it could leave you open to paying statutory damages (up to $150,000 per song) and the recording industry’s attorney’s fees. Some entertainment industry lawyers think this is no big deal at all because Warner Music hasn’t actually filed any lawsuits against anyone concerning these videos. But that misses the point (by an astoundingly huge margin). The chilling effects by such takedowns are huge, and are clearly inhibiting creativity — the very thing that copyright was supposed to encourage. Saying that it’s no problem because Warner hasn’t filed any actual lawsuits (just takedowns), is the sort of thing that only an entertainment industry’s logic could allow.