Yet Another Copyright Lobbying Group Caught Infringing
from the always-seems-to-happen... dept
These days, it’s nearly impossible not to infringe on copyright in one way or another during your regular day — but it’s always amusing when big-time copyright supporters are caught infringing (and it seems to happen quite frequently). The latest is musicFIRST, the lobbying group funded (potentially illegally) by the recording industry, which has been pushing a campaign claiming that radio is piracy and demanding that radio stations pay even more royalties than they already do.
But, of course, when it comes to licensing or paying royalties itself… well, you know… that’s a different story.
Billboard has noticed that MusicFIRST appears to have quoted the entire lyrics to the Beatles song “We Can Work It Out” in a mocking press release it put out earlier in the week — but failed to get the necessary license. Now, of course, many of us believe that quoting lyrics like that is perfectly reasonable fair use. But… the recording industry (you know, the folks behind MusicFIRST) doesn’t believe that, which is why they’ve shut down plenty of people for posting lyrics on the web and even thrown people in jail for posting lyrics on the web.
But, when they do it? It’s fine? Funny how that works…