Sarkozy's Party Found Violating Copyright Yet Again With Awful Lipdub

from the isn't-that-three-strikes? dept

French President Nicolas Sarkozy has been pushing himself as a defender of copyrights, and even helped create the original three strikes plan in France. And yet, he and his political party keep getting caught infringing on copyrights. First there was the use of a song in some online videos without proper licensing. Then there was the issue with mass pirating DVDs. So you would think that his party would be extra careful when putting together yet another online video involving music. Apparently not.

In a move that is being widely mocked even by those within Sarkozy’s party, it has released a lipdub video using some UMP politicians singing along. The only problem? You guessed it… the party did not properly clear the rights and now need to pay up for infringing on the copyright (Google translation from the original French).

Apparently, they had licensed the rights to the original version of the song, from 1976, but then decided they didn’t like that recording, and instead used a modern version of the song. According to another report, the UMP had asked the copyright holder if it could use this version, and they were turned down, because the label did not want the song used for political purposes. So Sarkozy’s party just used it anyway.

I wonder if Sarkozy can blame Vimeo for inventing “lip dubs” and encouraging the UMP to violate copyright laws in this manner. But, the real question remains: given that France has moved forward with Sarkozy’s plan to kick infringers off the internet on a three strikes basis, and this appears to be at least Sarkozy’s third strike, does the UMP have to give up their internet access? Or do Sarkozy’s favored laws not apply to Sarkozy?

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clarinette (user link) says:

Law for everyone, and everone's respect of law?

That I’m afraid just show how much the IP matter is becoming complex and it’s respect tricky. On the French 3 strikes, see my blog (in French) :http://clarinettesblog.blogspot.com/2009/10/le-respect-de-la-loi-pour-tous-et-par.html
We also had the issue with the President Obama’s present to the Queen of the iPod filled with music downloads (He was allowed to transfer, even for free, the content of purchased music downloaded to third)
On the complexity of the IP law today, I would recommend Lawrence Lessig’s video : Do Copyright Laws Stifle Creativity? – Lawrence Lessig – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JXwB9FlkNXA
Lawrence Lessig himeself washit by Warner with DMCA takedown (see: Ars Tecnica – http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/news/2009/04/lessig-presentation-on-youtube-hit-with-dmca-takedown-notice.ars
See also my ‘letter to my MP’ – http://clarinettesblog.blogspot.com/2009/12/letter-to-my-mp.html

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