Sony Music Claiming Beyonce's Official YouTube Channel Violates Copyright?

from the left-hand,-right-hand? dept

It really is incredible how screwed up some things are at the major record labels. The latest, via David Johnson, is that it appears (at least as of this writing) that Beyonce’s official YouTube channel is blocked in the US due to a copyright infringement issue. I have no idea about if it’s blocked elsewhere, but perhaps readers from other countries can let us know. In case they get this sorted out, here’s a screenshot:

We saw this happen a while back when YouTube and Warner Music had a dispute about a deal, but I was pretty sure that YouTube and Sony Music had a deal in place. Either way, there seems to be some sort of confusion going on.

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RD says:


I REALLY wish the music industry would STOP with this artificial restriction crap, then turning around and claiming its some kind of violation of RIGHTS (bullshit, its a CONTRACT issue at best, and only in certain cases anyway).

If you own the copyright, YOU CAN DO WHATEVER YOU WANT WITH IT. Isnt that the ENTIRE FUCKING POINT of all this “sue everyone” crap, because they are claiming that copyright gives them ABSOLUTE RIGHT TO ANY AND ALL FORMS of their material? Now suddenly there is a limit? Can you say talking out of both sides of your mouth?

RD says:

Could be

“beyonce is always a bad exmaple because she doesnt write many of her own songs. so the rights issue may have to do with song writers or other rights owners. she doesnt write or perform her own music so she is licensing it from others.”

Right but thats a LISCENSING (ie contract) issue, not copyright.

“Copyright has everything to do with that actually. If Sony doesn’t own the copyright in Botswana, they can’t stop the video from being displayed there. Copyrights are country specific.”

This is true. However, in a case like this (and knowing how restrictive these Big Media companies like to be) I’m betting that isnt the issue at hand. I’m betting dollars to doughnuts its SOLELY “We dont want to ALLOW this song/video in your country in this way, so we are going to claim a COPYRIGHT PROBLEM” where none actually exists. I would like more info to see which side this issue is on.

Anonymous Coward says:

Treating the symptoms, and not the disease.

A bigger problem is how the US copyright and royalty system is setup.

If the USPTO was better setup like the European variant, it would lead to better accountability for using all types of copyrighted products, as well as more accurate royalty disbursement. This very YouTube issue seems to again be a symptom of the much larger problem with the USPTO needing an overhaul.

Anonymous Coward says:

Treating the symptoms, and not the disease.

Or it could also be a “Contracts Management” issue at the labels. Either way, it seems that something, and we’re not sure what, within the current system needs to be re-evaluated and/or standardized so the type of animosity being created doesn’t alienate fans and customers.

DMM (profile) says:

Google getting back at Sony

Maybe this is Google’s way of getting back at Sony using the automated system Google put in place at the request of the labels to identify infringing content. Google could make the automated system function broadly enough to identify the labels’ own offerings to be infringing content so that the labels have to jump through the same hoops everyone else does in order to get the content back online.

Johnny Canada says:

Re: Google getting back at Sony

You mean Google would play games 🙂

They should block it in the U.S. until Sony can prove they have the “Rights in the U.S.” once Sony proves that they but in back on the site.

Then Google blocks it in Australia and Sony jumps through the hoops again. Google but the content back up.

Then Google blocks it in the U.K. then Canada, then Germany and so on and so on.

Killer_Tofu (profile) says:

it appears that Beyonce's official YouTube channel is blocked in the US due to a copyright infringement issue

This is priceless.
Yet they want ISPs to know exactly what is and isn’t infringing without any help. HAHAHA.
And, just because it was recent, and people are mentioning it here in the comments, I give you this:

drewmo (profile) says:

It looks like it’s not Beyonce’s video that’s blocked, but just a video that Beyonce’s youtube account has *favorited*.

This is the user who posted the video that is blocked:

None of the videos *uploaded* by the Beyonce account appear to be blocked.

So it doesn’t seem that shocking, but there definitely seems to be a miscommunication between whoever’s running Beyonce’s youtube account and whoever at Sony is sending takedown notices.

Anonymous Coward says:

Re: Re:

and this is one of the problems with our copyprivilege system, it favor big lazy corporations and enables them to shoot first and ask questions later requiring people to be held guilty of infringement until proven innocent.

These corporations are too lazy to even check and see if they hold a copyright on something before issuing a takedown and they lobby for a legal system that gives them no incentive to do so. They can simply create bogus takedowns and, if they later find they do not have the copyprivilege, they can then claim ignorance and not be punished. We need a legal system that encourages them to ensure they do have copyprivileges on something before issuing a takedown and that sanctions huge punishment for those who issue takedowns on content they do not own, regardless of whether it was intentional or not.

Yet the system prevents individuals from doing the same to corporations because there are punishments for intentional takedown notices, so an individual who issues a bogus takedown on corporate content will more than likely be punished for intentionally doing so. The system was intentionally designed this way.

Archbishop says:


Sadly, it works in Korea.

I’ve noticed a lot of songs that no longer play the original music on youtube. WMG ate up DEVO. Youtube is used to dj in bars in Korea. One day, US companies are going to send attorneys here to sue everyone since “copyright” doesn’t mean much here. Or maybe it means exactly what it’s supposed to mean and I’m used to US based copyright enforcement.

theharmonyguy (user link) says:

drewmo is right

As stated by drewmo above, this is not at all what sites are making it out to be – the blocked video was not one of Sony’s.

In fact, it’s easy to duplicate this behavior for just about any video – check this link to see that Beyonce’s Japanese version of “We Are the World” has also been removed:

phony music non entertainment says:

Germany no availability of due to Phony

Well the favorites are mostly blocked, the majority of the uploads is not. It’s interesting how many other alternatives they have if Sony is not the company. Or they just write “The video is not available.”
It doesn’t seem like there needs to be a company needed to claim something.

skarrlette says:


what people need to do is boycott Sony Music stop buying there stuff. why you would ever give them a nickel is beyond me. Companies that get to greedy and stick there hands into everything deserve to lose money.

The internet was suppose to be a cool place for people to go, now its commercialized and just another money making machine its ruined and obnoxious if I see one more ad or banner come up!!!

Why does corporate American have to stick there greedy hands into everything

I am disgusted by all of it!!!

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