When The Kids Of Major Label Execs Get Accused Of Infringement…
from the oh-look-at-that dept
You may know the name Jimmy Iovine. He’s the head of Interscope Records, one of Universal Music’s most important subsidiaries (if not the most important one). Not surprisingly, Iovine has a bit of a history of being something of a copyright maximalist. A few years back, he specifically called out the evils of children infringing:
“Rip it, burn it–the last few years parents and children have been given a pass when they knew in their hearts that [what they were doing] was wrong,” Iovine said.
Indeed, he seems to suggest that parents share some of the blame for their kids infringing:
“(Piracy) is hurting kids because kids are learning a disrespect for the basic relationship between creativity and ownership. It’s hurting parents because they are in on the sham.”
So, one would assume that Jimmy Iovine’s kids are squeaky clean, right? Especially, say, if they were professional DJs whose websites indicate they’re a part of the Interscope/Universal Music family, right? Yes, that’s the website of DJ Eye — also known as Jamie Iovine, son of Jimmy Iovine. Jamie actually has a really good reputation as a DJ but, like many DJs, he releases mixtapes/remixes/etc. And, recently, it appears, Jamie’s Soundcloud account was shut down due to copyright infringement:
My soundcloud is temp disabled due to some copyright bullshit. Getting it cleared up and should be re activated soon
None of this is to suggest that Jamie did anything wrong here. In fact, it looks like he did something completely natural and certainly very common: remixed some music in a cool way. But the way copyright law often works, you can now get in lots of trouble and owe lots and lots of money for doing something completely natural. Perhaps his father will realize that these issues aren’t always so black and white, and even if your children are brought up in a house where they’re taught repeatedly just how totally awesome copyright law is, it doesn’t mean they won’t, someday, discover how copyright law limits them, and get accused of copyright infringement.