Record industry going after YouTube users
Here's the story in a nutshell. Some woman videotaped her toddler playing around, with Prince's "Let's go crazy" in the background. It wasn't the entire song, only a 29-second clip. Now, Universal Music Publishing Group is going after this woman for copyright infringement.
For one thing - maybe I'm wrong about this - but I've always heard that you were allowed to use up to 30 seconds of copyrighted material without having to pay royalty fees. Radio stations do this all the time with their rejoin music.
But this is just ridiculous. People posting videos on YouTube aren't trying to spread music illegally, and they're not making profit off it. Obviously the record industry has decided to just totally forget about "fair use".
I guess I can expect about a dozen 'cease-and-desist' subpoenas for this, this, and this.
Looks like I might have to make another game video, with a whole montage of Prince songs.