by Mike Masnick
Wed, Aug 20th 2008 2:57am
A few years back, the Beastie Boys gave video cameras to a bunch of fans at a concert and then pieced together a video of that concert from all the footage. Other bands have done similar things more recently, and it's becoming increasingly popular for bands to tell fans to video tape them on mobile phones and to put the footage up on YouTube or other video hosting sites. While we do see some musicians, such as Prince, claim copyright over these fan videos, other musicians are trying to do things in a much more creative way. Nancy Baym points us to a Swedish musician named Moto Boy who went around to various videos sites, found all the videos fans had posted of his concerts, picked the best ones, and put them all together to create a "virtual concert" for fans (both new and old) to enjoy. This isn't just to call out this particular act -- as plenty of others have been doing similar things lately, but to show the contrast between this type of reaction -- embracing the fan effort and doing something useful with it -- compared to the "old" model of quickly claiming copyright infringement and demanding a takedown.
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