Dan: Hey look at this video. It’s a promo for American Idol.
YouTube: Idol ad plays little girl singing Let It Go…
Me: Awww the judges are adorable and gave her a ticket.
Norah: (My 4 year old) Daddy what’s that video?
Me: it’s just a clip of a little girl singing Frozen and the judges liked her. (Showing her the last second of the clip.
Norah: Ah ok. (Starts singing Let It Go)
Me: Ok you can stop now.
Norah: (pouts) awwwww Dad…
So awhile ago I made a little video because I was bored and I posted it on YouTube.
Here it is in original form in case YouTube decides to get all uppity about it.
[stream provider=video flv=x:/weirdguy.net/wp-content/uploads/2011/OreoTripleDouble.mp4 embed=false share=false width=640 height=360 dock=true controlbar=over bandwidth=high autostart=false /]
Now after this I received an email from YouTube informing me of a copyright violation. I thought this might be because my video clearly shows some logos for Oreo and what not. I was wrong. It was about the music. Here’s the email below.
Your video, Triple Double, may have content that is owned or licensed by INgrooves.
No action is required on your part; however, if you are interested in learning how this affects your video, please visit the Content ID Matches section of your account for more information.
– The YouTube Team”
The music in question they are referring to is FanFare of the Common Man by Aaron Copland. I looked it up referring to the link they provided and followed up on the company that supposedly owns this music. They don’t have it listed on their site as available for license. Likewise on the YouTube page with this video, it lists a different company and artist as the soundtrack. And the worst part of all this is that the song is over 60 years old which means it is technically part of the Public Domain and therefore available for use for everyone. But it is even more trickier then that. See you can renew a copyright to a performance of the music. Of course this particular piece of music is played by every high school and college band a hundred times every year. And sometimes the recording rights can be sold, transferred or reapplied to a different version of the recording. And this is why I am really beginning to hate copyright and or patent law. Definitely broken.
In other news Oreo did indeed release a Triple Double cookie. It tasted good. (and yes I know I need to go on a diet)