I Don’t Need No Stinking Rehab!

This is actually the original track before they vocoded it. I founded the masters in a trashcan in Camden.

Update: Switched to vimeo version because of a bogus and illegal Youtube takedown notice from Universal Music Group. This despite Youtube’s own advice to dispute illegitimate takedown notices. In this case I disputed the initial illegitimate takedown notice, only to receive a second notice (this time a formal DMCA notice), complete with dire warnings about having my youtube account deleted – “Please note: Repeat incidents of copyright infringement will result in the deletion of your account and all videos that you have uploaded. Please delete any videos for which you do not own the necessary rights and refrain from uploading infringing videos.” I wish this was the first time this had happened.

What’s particularly interesting is that while ‘content owners’ (i.e.: big corporations) have been given the tools to automatically take down any video you or I upload at will, we don’t have any similar automatic tools to dispute their claims. Youtube used to offer a form for this. Disputes now must be done manually.

It gets worse, because youtube also operate a voluntary strikes system, (like many Irish ISPs). This means that when your parody or fair use video is illegally and inaccurately flagged as infringing by Big Content, you can lose access to youtube features (like the ability to upload new videos). Youtube actually make you sit through a condescending ‘copyright school’ before you can have access to those features again, or even dispute the claim. Complete with multiple choice tests – really. As a video artist, I say, fuck this. How about you?

Update 2: It gets worse! Apparently youtube is not honouring counterclaims where they have ‘an agreement’ with a ‘content holder’ (specifically including these UMG tossers), despite the illegality of the original claim. I’ve filed a counterclaim via email (there’s no way in hell I’m doing that cartoon copyright course), but it might well be ignored. What ever happened to don’t be evil?

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