So You Want To License Some Music For That YouTube Video...

from the you-want-to-do-what-now-with-the-whotube? dept

Ray Beckermann points us to an opinion piece by Shelly Palmer, who is President of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. Palmer's article is officially about why it's dumb for music publishers to join in the mad rush to sue Google/YouTube over not getting royalties for songs used in YouTube videos. However, he actually makes a point that goes well beyond the futility of suing, by showing how ridiculous the licensing process is today. Basically, there are numerous different rights that you need to secure, and each may require a different negotiation with a different party -- and almost no one makes it easy to figure out who you need to talk to about what. In other words, even if people did want to properly license the music playing in their background while making a home video of their toddler dancing, it's probably not even possible.

Filed Under: copyright, licensing
Companies: youtube


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    Nasty Old Geezer, 15 Aug 2007 @ 6:10am

    Re:

    I ain't no lawyer, so if one is around help me out.

    I doubt if posting a video on the Internet, or selling a DVD as a fundraiser, would be "fair use" -- especially if the entire song is used. These involve public performance and money, as I understand "fair use" it does not really encompass either of these.

    Licensing for small users is a huge mess, as is nearly all the IP legal thicket. If RIAA really wanted to help they would serve as a central clearinghouse for such things, and make it easy for end users to do the right thing.

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