Universal Music Issues Questionable Takedown On Megaupload Video That Featured Their Artists [Updated]
from the this is going to get interesting dept
As a bunch of you have noticed, the video that we had a couple posts ago, involving a bunch of the RIAA’s biggest artists singing or speaking along to a song endorsing MegaUpload (which the RIAA insists is a rogue site) has been… taken down due to a copyright claim from Universal Music. Here’s a screenshot:
We’re hearing a few different stories as to what’s going on, but some people are insistent that nothing in the video violates a UMG copyright. We will do an update or do a new post once there’s more info, but (of course) trying to censor information online only seems to make it that much more popular. And it appears that the video is already showing up elsewhere. Either way, it’s quite a story isn’t it? RIAA and Universal Music insist that they’re trying to shut down this site “for the artists.” Then the artists speak up in support of the site… and Universal Music censors them using the same copyright law they’re trying to expand…
Update: TorrentFreak has the response from MegaUpload:
?Those UMG criminals. They are sending illegitimate takedown notices for content they don?t own,? he told us. ?Dirty tricks in an effort to stop our massively successful viral campaign.?
So did Universal have any right at all to issue YouTube with a takedown notice? Uncleared samples, anything?
?Mega owns everything in this video. And we have signed agreements with every featured artist for this campaign,? Kim told TorrentFreak.
?UMG did something illegal and unfair by reporting Mega?s content to be infringing. They had no right to do that. We reserve our rights to take legal action. But we like to give them the opportunity to apologize.?
?UMG is such a rogue label,? Kim added, wholly appreciating the irony.
The TorrentFreak has some quotes from some legal experts, pointing out that that is exactly why we don’t need things like SOPA and PIPA which would go much further and allow significantly more collateral damage on such bogus takedowns.