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by Mike Masnick


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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.

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    Anonymous Coward, 15 Aug 2007 @ 8:39am

    How is it fair use?
    Putting a video on youtube is the exact same thing as holding a concert where there is nothing but people lip synching, it costs nothing to get on stage and do your favorit song and nothing to attend but the person footing the bill for the concert (electricity, space) puts adds up all over the place and actually turns a profit off of this concert. That is not fair use by any stretch of the imagination, even if there were no adds and no bill you are still playing a recording of a song for a ton of people to hear without paying royalties.

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