by Mike Masnick
Tue, Dec 15th 2009 9:48am
Three years ago, video hosting site Vimeo got a lot of attention for itself with a "recruiting" video of sorts that was one of the first popular "lip dub" videos, which are now quite popular. In it, pretty much the entire Vimeo staff is seen singing and dancing to the song Flagpole Sitta by Harvey Danger. However, it looks like that particular lip dub may now get Vimeo, and parent firm InterActive Corp. in a bit of trouble. Copycense points us to a new lawsuit filed against Vimeo by Capitol Records (really, EMI) alleging copyright infringement. The way they're getting around the DMCA safe harbors and the Veoh ruling is pointing to Vimeo's own lip dubs and its apparent encouragement that others should make lip dubs as well. Of course, it's difficult to argue that lip dubs damage the labels in any way. The popular lip dubs seem to do a lot to expand the recognition of a song and an artist, and some musicians have been known to encourage such things. But, of course, that's not how the major record labels tend to view things...
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