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...Just Because One Of Its Artists Rapped To It On A Leaked Track

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Either way, in another report, ATS filed a complaint with YouTube... and was told, too bad, and that UMG owned the track. Eventually, as the story started spreading, someone at UMG realized the mistake and backed down.

But, in the short term, this really does (yet again) highlight one of the many problems of an aggressive takedown system. UMG clearly screwed up here and shut down an independent act's own song -- which, honestly, one of its own acts had infringed on the copyright for. This is really quite an amazing form of copyright abuse when you think about it: UMG artist fails to license beat on a song that is leaked... and then UMG claims copyright over the official song over the same beat. That's definitely adding insult to injury -- or, perhaps, adding injunction to infringement. While it appears that cooler heads prevailed and got this worked out eventually, it seems pretty crazy that any artist should have to deal with some giant industry conglomerate completely shutting down their own works based on bogus copyright claims.

Just another reason why wrongful take-downs of media from the internet should come with a price.
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They should have to pay damages based on the same principals they would sue the copyright infringers on. I feel they should have to pay the for 'potential loss of revenue' to ATS just like anyone else. The tables should turn against the label. Live and die by their own swords.
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this... they should be handled like they wanna handle the rest
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I think $150,000 sounds right, the same price they charge a pirater for one song.
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I think $150,000 sounds right, the same price they charge a pirater for one song.

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I do believe its $250,000 per song not $150,000...... but still, stupid corporate lawyers. someone needs to turn the table back on them and see how they feel..
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Well, to freaking bad the content in question was for Mega-Upload, and since the FBI seized everything 3-4 weeks after this story hit the news pages and internet, it doesn't look like they got much ground to stand on now.....

On a side note i head megaupload was going to let artists upload and share music for like pennies, and letting them keep like 60-80 percent of the money they make. And thats why the FBI/OHS/UGM took down megaupload....

I don't know though, since it is the internet, my general rule of thumb is treat it like X-Files..... "Trust No One"


EDIT: The service for artists and songwriters that was going to be provided by Megupload was called "MEGABOX"

http://www.themusicvoid.com/2012/01/the-truth-about-megaupload-the-record-industry/

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In the past centuries painters copied paintings of other artists as study. Monks copied books to preserve the knowledge. Today we created copyright to destroy the real culture: buy or die!
Edited by Chachi123 - 1/29/12 at 7:49am
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Well, to freaking bad the content in question was for Mega-Upload, and since the FBI seized everything 3-4 weeks after this story hit the news pages and internet, it doesn't look like they got much ground to stand on now.....
On a side note i head megaupload was going to let artists upload and share music for like pennies, and letting them keep like 60-80 percent of the money they make. And thats why the FBI/OHS/UGM took down megaupload....
I don't know though, since it is the internet, my general rule of thumb is treat it like X-Files..... "Trust No One"
EDIT: The service for artists and songwriters that was going to be provided by Megupload was called "MEGABOX"
http://www.themusicvoid.com/2012/01/the-truth-about-megaupload-the-record-industry/
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In the past centuries painters copied paintings of other artists as study. Monks copied books to preserve the knowledge. Today we created copyright to destroy the real culture: buy or die!

This thread is not about MEGAUPLOAD.
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