Tiny Three Minute Commercials for your Music

Coble talks about the stunning ASCAP proposal to go after bloggers who embed YouTube videos containing ASCAP songs in their blogs.

I honestly don’t understand how setting yourself up as the enemy of people who love your art form helps you preserve and promote that art form.  I just don’t.  Youtube videos can be set so that they can’t be embedded.  And if people are using your music without understanding copyright law, you can have Youtube strip the sound.

Suing on top of that?

Because of free publicity?

Frankly, if I were an artist and I saw that, I’d be angry because most people don’t understand about ASCAP.  That stuff is going to blow back on the artist and make him look like a giant douche.

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4 thoughts on “Tiny Three Minute Commercials for your Music

  1. Maybe this is part of a larger pattern. Our whole economy is crumbling because over time we were transformed from a nation that made things to a nation that finds ways to skim off the top (and where there’s not enough to skim, our financial geniuses have found ways to pretend that the top was higher). There’s this fucked-up idea that people who make tons of money doing little more than playing with numbers provide such a valuable service that they deserve to sit at the top of our economic food chain and dictate the rules to the rest of us. I saw the arrogance that this notion has fostered when that piece of shit from CNBC stood in front of the cameras and started all the ‘Tea Party’ nonsense with his wrong-headed rant.

    But back to the point. ASCAP is doing what is doing because it is deep into this culture. Instead of focusing on protecting the intellectual property of artists, and– more importantly– focusing on the prosperity of the artists (which might include having as many people as possible exposed to the artists’ music so that they’ll want to buy it), ASCAP is counting the beans it is skimming off the artists and protecting those beans with a vengeance. When ASCAP is done drowning the baby in the bath water, maybe enough artists with influence (and many of those without) will find another way to protect their compensation and their intellectual property.

  2. It’s easy enough to file a DMCA complaint with YouTube. If ASCAP has a problem with a song embedded in a video, they can write to Google & say, “Hey, we are asserting our copyright. Take that video down.” Or, as mentioned before, they can prevent embedding the song elsewhere.

    But before they go ahead with this bonehead plan, they might want to ask Dave Carroll (Sons of Maxwell) about what viral video can do for your career.

  3. Good grief. ASCAP’s beef is with YouTube, not the bloggers. There are tons of videos out there I’d love to run that get yanked within hours because of copyright issues. There’s even a little blurb that YouTube automatically puts up saying “this clip is no longer available because of copyright issues” or some such.

    You know, if I had a nickel for every time some blogger or fan took one of my music reviews, interviews or features and posted it on their site I’d be rich. Not to mention folks at places like ASCAP and record labels who would copy my content to fill their artists’s press kits. Did I complain? Demand payment? Threaten to sue? NO! Did the magazine where my work appeared? NO! We recognized that it was good promotion for us, too.

    It always pisses me off that some intellectual property is deemed more “up for grabs” than others.

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