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Pop Artists Support Megaupload; Universal Censors 255

New submitter TheSHAD0W writes "Several well-known artists, including P. Diddy, Will.I.Am, Snoop Dogg and Kanye West produced a song in support of the site Megaupload, recently targeted by law enforcement as a 'rogue site.' The music video was gaining popularity — until YouTube received a takedown notice from Universal Media Group, claiming it violated their copyrights."
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Pop Artists Support Megaupload; Universal Censors

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  • Re:Ah good old Kim (Score:2, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday December 10, 2011 @11:24AM (#38325854)

    What makes you so sure that they do not own at least part of the copyright on that video? Many artists have no idea what their contracts allow or forbid them to do. They would certainly not be the first to put something on the web where it later turned out they didn't own the necessary rights. If they had just given an interview and put that on Youtube, then we'd clearly be talking about censorship. They had to make it a music video though and now it's all muddy waters.

  • people do all sorts of desperate things when they are weak or stupid or poor

    it is those who do things out of evil that still deserve and always did deserve your blame

    shifting blame from the devil, in fact, is exactly how the devil works, and you fall for it

    you blame the girl for being raped because of the dress she wore, not the rapist

    you blame the poor for not having health insurance, rather than the rules about healthcare put in place by the rich corporations

    you blame the musician for signing away things he didn't understand when he was a young dumb kid with a catchy tune and stars in his eyes

    no: you should always blame the devil, you shouldn't blame the victim. or you fail at simple morality, and you fail at logical coherence. and the devil depends upon people like you to do that. meanness and cruelty defines a society when it is dominated by people would rather overlook the actions of evil, and point their hate at the weak

  • Re:Ah good old Kim (Score:5, Interesting)

    by BitZtream ( 692029 ) on Saturday December 10, 2011 @01:32PM (#38327240)

    Copyright does not automatically transfer, regardless of what contracts you signed.

    You can of course be sued for breech of contract for not assigning copyright based on your contract, but thats where it ends.

  • by SuricouRaven ( 1897204 ) on Saturday December 10, 2011 @02:31PM (#38327928)
    I noticed is running a campaign against it too, on the grounds that under SOPA a studio could have their site shut down for an insulting review. It wouldn't be the first time they have run into copyright issues - the review of The Room has already been pulled after the studio threatened to sue.
  • by thegarbz ( 1787294 ) on Saturday December 10, 2011 @07:16PM (#38330632)

    I don't understand why people willingly set foot in such a wretched hive of disregard for human rights

    Evidently you have not been to Dubai. So they tried to nickel-and-dime us up the tallest tower in the world, but you know what else? The rest of my stay there was amongst the most amazing yet cheap destinations on my last trip overseas, which really says something given that we ended up in the likes of Bratislava, Poland, and other cheap east European nations.

    They happily reward those who plan ahead, and aside from the viewing platform we did. They are also very service based there and cater wonderfully for tourists. Drive up and down the river in a boat? That'll be $2 for 12 passengers. $100 got us a bus tour of the entire city, entry into the old palace, entry into the museum, walking tour around the old city of Dubai, tour through the major spice and gold markets. But wait, the day after still included in the $100 was a trip to a wildlife reserve which involved a couple of hours racing over dunes in the desert pausing to take photos of the sunset, then a trip to a large campsite where we got a full buffet meal and entertainment for the whole night.

    Why I would go to Dubai again? Because I can get 2 days complete entertainment and be treated like a king for the cost of a short cab fare in any major American city. Not to mention the cheap shopping and the fact that the entire city is clean and new.

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