Sony Using Copyright To Take Down Its Own Anti-Piracy Propaganda

from the copyright-inception dept

Sony has apparently decided that you can’t see its anti-piracy propaganda, because it might be pirated.

There are a few iconic sitcoms I remember from my childhood and What’s Happening!! is probably near the top of that list. What I had forgotten, is that the show once included a two part episode all about the evils of bootlegging, with guest stars, the Doobie Brothers. In that “very special episode,” the character of Rerun is caught trying to secretly tape the Doobie Brothers playing a show at their high school. Or as Mental Floss puts it:

The band, who are so upstanding they named themselves after an illegal drug, proceed to lecture the youngsters on morality and righteousness.

So, that’s cool. Either way, DC policy advocate Josh Lamel recently went looking for clips of that episode and discovered that they’ve all been taken down:

Indeed, if you try to visit any of the clips of that episode, you get this following:

And, obviously, this is Sony’s choice. The clips may, indeed, be infringing. But it does seem to show the level of insane protectionism that the copyright maximalist mentality leads to, where you hyper vigilant focus on taking down all the things includes you sending copyright takedowns of your own propaganda on why piracy and bootlegging is so bad…

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Anonymous Coward says:

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No one who wants to see a fair use clip is going to buy the series boxed set to see one bit. On the other hand, people who come across that clip may find themselves interested in buying something they never got to see, or who miss a show from ages ago of which they were just reminded.

Mechanical licensing for all the things is a stupid and bad idea.

Anonymous Coward says:

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ASCAP fees are very reasonable. If a site wants to use old clips to build an audience they should pay into a centralized repository like with ASCAP. This would eliminate any claim of infringement while freeing up creative people to do their work. Large websites can get unlimited licenses and be the backbone for the creativity.

Anonymous Coward says:

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they’ll eventually just demand every website get a license

If by eventually, you mean 1 second after the law passes. That assume the legacy publishers agree to a licensing approach, rather than putting up their own websites and using every mistake to drive sites that support self publishing out of business.

What happens if some agree to licensing, and some refuse to allow licensing?

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