Warner Music attacks babies

Warner Music's war on fair use has sunk to new lows, with the company sending takedown notices to YouTube over videos in which babies and toddlers interact with music in adorable ways:

Of course we can’t show you the videos since they’re, well, censored, but the YouTomb snapshots tell most of the story. One showed a 4 year old lip-syncing to the old Foreigner hit, “Juke Box Hero.” The other apparently showed a baby smacking its lips to the tune of “I Love My Lips”–a song originally sung by a cucumber in an episode of “Veggie Tales.” Both videos are obvious fair uses (these are transformative, noncommercial videos that are not substitutes for the original songs, and there is no plausible market for "licensing" parents before they video their own children singing) and perfectly legal–just like the video of a baby dancing to a Prince song that Universal Music Group took down in 2007.
The Fair Use Massacre Continues: Now Warner’s Going After the Babies

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  1. Yeah, juke box hero, got stars in his eyes
    With that one guitar hell come alive
    Come alive tonight

  2. Kill all the lawyers. Seriously they seem to be on a “sue first ask questions later” plan right now.

  3. Better watch out #6, they might come after you next for quoting lyrics of copyrighted songs.

    Would love to see YouTube flooded with thousands of videos of people playing songs from Warner Brothers artists that show them just standing there Flipping the Bird to those bastards.

  4. Please people. The lawyers aren’t going after babies, mothers, or puppies. They’re going after YouTube and Google. YouTube is attempting to monetize tens of thousands of homemade videos that use copyrighted music as background music. The rights holders are making this stink now so YouTube treads carefully. The Fair Use doctrine was never intended to allow YouTube to make money off a collective customer base all individually using the plea of Fair Use.

  5. The more I hear, each day, week and year how little the industries understands us, the happier I become that I am no longer one of their willing automatons, gleefully buying up product.

  6. The Fair Use doctrine was never intended to allow YouTube to make money off a collective customer base all individually using the plea of Fair Use.

    And copyright was never intended to keep millions in the pockets of already established (and absurdly wealthy) companies whilst screwing over the people that actually worked to create the products they make all their money off (i.e. the artists that have been getting screwed for decades).

    Nor was copyright intended to criminalise ordinary people that are not doing anything wrong!

    Major record labels have had as much time as anyone to work out how to make money in this day and age. The fact that they can’t shows how out of touch they are to their customers.

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