Are copyright laws alive and well?

By Debby Winters

I’ve recently come across two interesting articles discussing copyright laws that I thought I would share.

The Washington Post published an article entitled “David Bowie was wrong about copyright — thankfully” in which the writer explains how the recently deceased musical genius declared that “I’m fully confident that copyright, for instance, will no longer exist in 10 years.” The author of the article, Robert Gebelhoff, writes that we “can be thankful that his prophecy did not come true, as copyright laws continue to play an essential role in our creative economy —and have done so for centuries.”  He goes on to explain why he thinks copyright law is still strong and states that “despite the rise in Internet streaming — and all those people who think they’re clever by downloading MP3 files straight from YouTube — artists still own their music and can make good money off of it.”

This bring me to the second interesting article about YouTube and how it polices what is posted on its site. In “What Beyoncé And Justin Biever Taught Me About Fair Use,” Emily Hong explains her story about making a mashup that superimposed Beyoncé’s “Grown Woman” audio and the Bieber video from “Sorry.” She then uploaded the video onto YouTube, or at least she attempted to. She was served copyright claims in both video and audio components, her video was blocked, and she lost some of her channel privileges  Also, her video was immediately flagged by YouTube! YouTube has made many changes in recent years to prevent being implicated in copyright disputes. If you think they won’t flag your infringing material, think again!

I, for one, am glad to see someone out there policing things for the rightful copyright owners! AND that copyright laws are alive and well!


2 thoughts on “Are copyright laws alive and well?

  1. Hey Debby. Hope you are well. Good article. We fought this several years ago in the printing industry when Kinkos got sued. We don’t see it like we used to so maybe there is a better understanding, or more likely they just use digital means rather than print.


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