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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    Mike Masnick (profile), 3 Apr 2012 @ 4:03pm


    I am suspecting the video was taken down by name (it's a pretty exceptional name) without serious review, and when the yelling started, they actually reviewed it.

    The takedown is valid (not nice, but valid), but leaving it up is the right choice here.

    You appear not to be familiar with the DMCA. If the takedown was, as you say, by name, then it is not "valid." A valid takedown requires the party issuing the takedown to check out the content and swear -- upon penalty of perjury -- that the content itself is infringing.

    I would suggest familiarizing yourself with the DMCA before making statements about how "valid" this is.

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