by Mike Masnick

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bohemian rhapsody, drunk, queen, youtube


Easy Come, Easy Go: EMI Pulls Video Of Drunk Guy Singing Bohemian Rhapsody, Reinstates It After Backlash

from the can't-do-this-to-me-baby dept

You may have heard the story in the last few days about the really drunk guy, Robert Wilkinson, who was arrested and put in a police car up in Canada, and responded by breaking into song with a complete rendition of Bohemian Rhapsody. If you haven't seen it yet, you're one of just a few people:

So what happened? You guessed it. EMI, in its ultimate ridiculousness, issued a takedown for violating its publishing copyright. The immediate outcry actually made EMI back down, with the company saying:
"It seems like a mistake has been made."
That's a fun way of indirectly saying "hey, we made a mistake." Suggesting "a mistake has been made" leaves open the possibility that someone else made that mistake. But, in this day and age where the major labels are so quick to shut down anything that doesn't involve them first getting a huge check, perhaps the "mistake" is with the way the law works.

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    Leigh Beadon (profile), 3 Apr 2012 @ 11:19am

    Re: Since when does DMCA have a "Disrespectful" Element?

    Unfortunately it probably wasn't an error at all. A lot of people seem to think copyright is a moral right - and they turn it into one by selectively exercising their copyrights based on their moral preferences. Add that to the list of problems caused by lopsided copyright law.

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