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Date: 2008-12-22 23:18
Subject: sing when you're winning
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Music:`happy birthday' (come and get me if you dare, warner's!)
For those of you who still haven't watched Led Zeppelin on YouTube, you may already be too late. Warner's, who own the copyright on literally scads of pieces of music has withdrawn said scads after negotiations with Google over a content-sharing deal fell through.
Nothing too unusual there, except buried a few pars down in this story is the news - and it was news to me - that Warner's own the rights to `Happy Birthday.' So presumably you have to pay them every time you perform the song in front of an audience. Which, given the nature of the song, would probably be every time. That's the last time I sing `Happy Birthday' to anyone.
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User: realthog
Date: 2008-12-24 01:03 (UTC)
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"I think they're more savvy than that"

To be honest, anyone less savvy than the big record labels it'd be hard to find.

It doesn't really matter that much to Google if Warners buggers off, because there are plenty of indie bands ready and willing to take the pace of the Warners artists. People don't go to YouTube much to see the established stars in action; the real magnet the site has is that you can explore acts you've never heard of . . . like, until now, all the Warners acts who're not established stars.

My guess is that the only reason Google paid Warners was to avoid the logistical nightmare of policing seventy billion videos to remove those which people had uploaded that violated Warners copyright.
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