Sony Using Copyright To Take Down Its Own Anti-Piracy Propaganda

from the copyright-inception dept

Sony has apparently decided that you can't see its anti-piracy propaganda, because it might be pirated.

There are a few iconic sitcoms I remember from my childhood and What's Happening!! is probably near the top of that list. What I had forgotten, is that the show once included a two part episode all about the evils of bootlegging, with guest stars, the Doobie Brothers. In that "very special episode," the character of Rerun is caught trying to secretly tape the Doobie Brothers playing a show at their high school. Or as Mental Floss puts it:

The band, who are so upstanding they named themselves after an illegal drug, proceed to lecture the youngsters on morality and righteousness.

So, that's cool. Either way, DC policy advocate Josh Lamel recently went looking for clips of that episode and discovered that they've all been taken down:

Indeed, if you try to visit any of the clips of that episode, you get this following:

And, obviously, this is Sony's choice. The clips may, indeed, be infringing. But it does seem to show the level of insane protectionism that the copyright maximalist mentality leads to, where you hyper vigilant focus on taking down all the things includes you sending copyright takedowns of your own propaganda on why piracy and bootlegging is so bad...

Filed Under: copyright, doobie brothers, propaganda, sitcoms, takedown, what's happening
Companies: sony


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    That Anonymous Coward (profile), 15 Feb 2019 @ 3:59am

    However if you let them install a rootkit, they'll let you see it.

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    NaBUru38 (profile), 15 Feb 2019 @ 4:19am

    In the good old days, organizations freely distributed propaganda to reach the masses.

    Now they only let you see propaganda if you sign up and pay a subscription.

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    Anonymous Coward, 15 Feb 2019 @ 5:32am

    Some type of mechanical license or ASCAP setup would eliminate this issue.

    The payment doesn't have to be big, just enough to stop piracy of the anti-piracy episode that was pirated by pirates.

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      Anonymous Coward, 15 Feb 2019 @ 5:52am

      Re:

      No one who wants to see a fair use clip is going to buy the series boxed set to see one bit. On the other hand, people who come across that clip may find themselves interested in buying something they never got to see, or who miss a show from ages ago of which they were just reminded.

      Mechanical licensing for all the things is a stupid and bad idea.

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        Anonymous Coward, 15 Feb 2019 @ 6:51am

        Re: Re:

        ASCAP fees are very reasonable. If a site wants to use old clips to build an audience they should pay into a centralized repository like with ASCAP. This would eliminate any claim of infringement while freeing up creative people to do their work. Large websites can get unlimited licenses and be the backbone for the creativity.

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          jupiterkansas (profile), 15 Feb 2019 @ 7:27am

          Re: Re: Re:

          Judging from the history of ASCAP licensing, they'll eventually just demand every website get a license whether they host content or not - "just in case." and take you to court if you don't comply.

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            Anonymous Coward, 15 Feb 2019 @ 8:11am

            Re: Re: Re: Re:

            they'll eventually just demand every website get a license

            If by eventually, you mean 1 second after the law passes. That assume the legacy publishers agree to a licensing approach, rather than putting up their own websites and using every mistake to drive sites that support self publishing out of business.

            What happens if some agree to licensing, and some refuse to allow licensing?

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          Anonymous Coward, 15 Feb 2019 @ 9:37am

          Re: Re: Re:

          ASCAP fees are very reasonable.

          The only reasonable fee for fair use is zero, and it's difficult to see how posting 80s propaganda could be anything but fair use. Such things are almost always posted for critique and historical reference.

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    Glenn, 15 Feb 2019 @ 5:46am

    Can these people still see themselves in the mirror, or is that not possible anymore?

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    Blackbeard McBlackbeardFace, 15 Feb 2019 @ 5:53am

    Woh ooh oh, listen to the music

    Except now we can't.

    Doobie, or Not Doobie? That is the...

    This quote has been discontinued due to a copyright claim by Robert Greene, Kit Marlowe and Francis Bacon.

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    Coyne Tibbets (profile), 15 Feb 2019 @ 6:13am

    Inevitability

    If the copyright maximalists get everything in their wildest dreams, will come a day when nobody, including the big corporations, can post anything.

    When William Shakespeare gets added to the filters, that will take down about a third of all western content right there.

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    Anonymous Coward, 15 Feb 2019 @ 8:37am

    Someone better do a wellness check on Masnick. He's losing it

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    NeoandGeo (profile), 15 Feb 2019 @ 9:55am

    DM

    The video, if you want to subject yourself to that garbage, is on DailyMotion.

    I didn't realize how horrible their player was, shite site.

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    Rekrul, 15 Feb 2019 @ 6:15pm

    I once had a content producer tell me that if anyone reposted his sample images, he would file legal action against them for violating his copyright. In other words he was threatening legal action over people helping to advertise his content!

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    News Worthy, 15 Feb 2019 @ 7:12pm

    Apparently you can turn anything into a news story today. How does this site get traction.

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      Rocky, 16 Feb 2019 @ 3:36pm

      Re:

      Apparently you can turn anything into a news story today. How does this site get traction.

      Apparently less than the sites writing about for example the Kardashians stupid shenanigans, so you better scamper off to those sites since it seems those sites have more traction and would suit you better.

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