Did Pearl Jam Enlist Fan Club To DMCA Fan Videos? Probably Not...

from the but,-still-is-odd dept

Kaden sent over this article from an OCWeekly reporter who had a short video he had shot of Pearl Jam performing live taken down from YouTube. What struck the reporter as most interesting was that the DMCA notice came from Ten Club, which is Pearl Jam's fan club. Oddly, we've even used Pearl Jam's Ten Club as a great example of how a band can give fans a reason to buy. In fact, Pearl Jam has actually been really good on issues like copyright. The band embraced the internet early on, has always worked hard at connecting with fans, used the Ten Club to give people extra reasons to buy, shunned DRM, and recognized early on that giving away free music can actually help a band make more money.

So, I'm a bit confused about this strategy of DMCAing short fan videos. However, despite the claims in the article and Ten Club's refusal to respond to the reporter's questions, I doubt that (as the article implies) that it's really "the fan club" itself that's issuing the DMCA notices. Instead, it looks like the corporation that's set up for Pearl Jam is called Pearl Jam Ten Club LLC and that covers both the band's business and the fan club. You can see the full name on various DMCA takedown notices at Chilling Effects. So while it's still a bit surprising that the band would run around chasing fan videos, rather than embracing them, at least it doesn't appear to have reached the point of deputizing fans to file takedowns for the band...
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    Himey, 12 Sep 2011 @ 8:22pm


    They didn't do it as a money grab. They were pissed off that the people recording their shows were doing it with crappy quality equipment and ripping off other fans for sub standard recordings. They decided to try to stop that sort of thing by selling shows recorded directly from the sound board rather than some guy just holding a tape recorder in the air.

    Every concert was a double CD and sold for only $10. Probably not much profit in that for having to mix them down and do very limited releases of those CD's.

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