After Hundreds Of 'Empire State Of Mind' Parodies… Why Does EMI Suddenly Take One Down?
from the these-copyrights-will-inspire-you dept
Nearly a year ago, the Jay-Z/Alicia Keys collaboration Empire State of Mind was released. If you haven’t heard it, you’ve been living under something of a rock:
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Even odder? Apparently EMI has issued a takedown notice for just that one video pulling it off YouTube. This is despite literally hundreds of Empire State of Mind parodies on YouTube. Those 55 best parodies? They’re all on YouTube (with the exception of the Darth Vader one…). Honestly, I thought this had to be a mistake, or some weird Content ID error by YouTube. Considering the vast number of these parodies that have all remained up this whole time, would EMI really issue a takedown for this one parody?
However, EMI seems to have confirmed that it’s taken down the video. According to the BBC report:
A statement from EMI said: “When a song is created based wholly on any of our writers’ works, those writers need to grant their permission.
“If that permission isn’t granted, then we ask the service in question to remove the song.”
And what about all those other parodies? And, of course, at least in the US, parody is often protected as fair use. I recognize this particular parody was done in Wales, but, still, the decision to take down this one video seems really, really odd.
Oh, and one other bit of irony? In looking up some of these parodies, I found this article, which notes that the key musical hook used by Jay-Z and Alicia Keys are sampled from a 1970s track from The Moments called Love on A Two Way Street: