Universal Music Has No Sense Of Humor, Takes Down Hilarious Twitter Profile Pun Parody Of Nirvana Song
from the get-over-yourself-UMG dept
Earlier today Techdirt writer Tim Geigner pointed me to a YouTube video that used Twitter user names to create a punnish version of the 80s hit “Tainted Love” retitled Tweeted Love. It’s pretty amusing:
Pure genius. https://t.co/JAofqaGXkx Watch before someone files a DMCA takedown.
— Mike Masnick (@mmasnick) August 28, 2015
Oh goodness, I abhor the song, but this was so well done! https://t.co/Rzxen4n4aB
— Tim Chase (@gumnos) August 28, 2015
This just made my week. Amazing. https://t.co/DuQUZvUvsp
— J Herskowitz (@jherskowitz) August 28, 2015
This is brilliant. Watch it now before it disappears. https://t.co/XdZ4rDIgxC
— Brian Fitzpatrick (@therealfitz) August 28, 2015
OMG! That's amazing! https://t.co/VbzF95QSmG
— Nate Hoffelder (@thDigitalReader) August 28, 2015
This is the funniest thing I've seen in a long time, I'm laughing uncontrollably, had to pause to calm down https://t.co/0gehTgj4q4
— Jordan S. Terry (@The_Analyst) August 28, 2015
@mmasnick Thanks for the mentions, Mike. YT says UMG are monetizing the video so hoping we'll be okay re ?.:)
— Jim Mortleman (@Jimjar) August 28, 2015
And it’s a hellishly stupid decision. The video was fantastic and didn’t take anything away from the song. It certainly wasn’t a replacement for the song and, if anything, was likely to draw a lot more interest to the song and remind people of its existence. I’m not a huge fan of the song, but have been humming it to myself all afternoon because of that video (which I ended up watching a few times).
Also, this seems like a pretty clear case of fair use — though I imagine some will disagree. The hilarious use of twitter user names to create alternative lyrics to the song is quite transformative. No one was watching this video as a replacement for the original song, but because the video itself sort of celebrated the song with alternative lyrics made up entirely of Twitter profile names where “Here we are now, entertain us” because “Huey Long Gnarl Emma Talus” (if you haven’t seen the actual video… it’s much funnier in the way it was presented). And now it’s all gone and you can’t see it.
All because of copyright law and UMG’s total lack of a sense of humor.
Even if you think the fair use case is bunk and that the video is infringing and UMG is totally, 100% in the right to do what it did, I’m curious how this helps UMG in any way, shape or form. It doesn’t help them get any more money, and it just makes people pissed off. How is that a smart business decision?
Update: Jim has now posted a silent version of the video so you can see what it looks like, though it’s really not the same effect (though you can try to line up the audio with it to try to replicate the effect):
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