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(ABC)   Universal Music prepares to unleash a legal beatdown on MySpace and YouTube. "We believe these new businesses are copyright infringers and owe us tens of millions of dollars," says chairman   (abcnews.go.com) divider line 219
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2006-09-15 05:45:28 PM
Chairman needs to DIAF while I ROTFLOL.
 
2006-09-15 05:56:03 PM
Does the music industry have any more feet to shoot off?

Note to self: Do not buy any Universal artists' albums.
 
2006-09-15 06:27:00 PM
Assholes.

Ruinin' all our FUN.
 
2006-09-15 06:28:09 PM
Universal: "Free publicity?!?! What the fark?? We don't want that. Call the lawyers!"
 
2006-09-15 06:29:43 PM
Yeah, but just THINK of all the lost revenues they're missing off the Paul McCartney Makes Mashed Potatoes Vid...

Oh the HUMANITY!
 
2006-09-15 06:57:54 PM
Yeah, but just THINK of all the lost revenues they're missing off the Paul McCartney Makes Mashed Potatoes Vid...

That is seriously the strangest thing I have ever come across on Youtube. I mean, WTF? Macca making mashed potatoes? Why?
 
2006-09-15 07:11:49 PM
is that french ?
 
2006-09-15 07:13:36 PM
I hate seeing idiots still in business.
 
2006-09-15 07:13:41 PM
fark them with a big rubber dick. They will never get another dime from me or anybody I know with a USB port.
 
2006-09-15 07:14:01 PM
Dear Music Industry: Your profit model is basically obsolete. All the lawyers in the world can't change that. Give it up already. Suing your customers won't make them want to abide by rules that barely function in today's world.
 
2006-09-15 07:14:04 PM
Haha I'm never paying for any intellectual property again. Suck it!
 
2006-09-15 07:14:31 PM
Yeah, because some 14-year-old middle-schooler using the "Karma Chameleon" video for her presentation on gay culture is really hurting your bottom line.
 
2006-09-15 07:14:39 PM
Its true, they do. Why should everyone else pay performance fees (your local music venue) and fear copyrights but not these guys? Because millions of teens can't be wrong. Screw myspace and youtube.
 
2006-09-15 07:15:53 PM
Well you have to get your music videos somewhere. It's not like you can watch em on any ol' station like MTV, MTV2, VH1, etc.
 
2006-09-15 07:15:57 PM
These record companies are getting dumber by the day.

"Hey, let's attack possibly the two companies who's target audiences are the ones who buy our music. I'm sure we'll come across as friendly and loving as always."

Dicks.
 
2006-09-15 07:15:58 PM
Universale Music, eh?

/hello, my name is dj_spanmaster, and I admit I'm a grammar nazi
 
2006-09-15 07:16:05 PM
you know i never use DIAF because that's a pretty strong statement. but music asshats, DIAFF. that's right i went there
 
2006-09-15 07:16:35 PM
While I'm not a big RIAA fan I will support this action if just to kill myspace.com. And youtube.com is equally worthless.
 
2006-09-15 07:16:52 PM
>WTF? Macca making mashed potatoes? Why?

He advocates vegetarianism and is promoting his wife's new cookbook. Makes perfect sense, even if it is a bit weird.
 
2006-09-15 07:17:03 PM
nottheman: Because millions of teens can't be wrong.

When these millions of teens are a huge part of your demographic, you are correct.
 
2006-09-15 07:19:43 PM
Quoted from, "The Huffington Post":


"In the category of I Can't Believe They're That Lame, the behemoth major Universal Music Group is going after MySpace (Fox) and YouTube (not Fox) for cash because they're too stupid to come up with their own ways of repurposing their own content. Rich."

 
2006-09-15 07:19:55 PM
yeah that's the best way to attract business, piss off your main demographic.
 
2006-09-15 07:19:57 PM
The music industry VS MySpace... I love watching people I dislike beating the crap out of eachother.
 
2006-09-15 07:20:34 PM
nottheman Its true, they do. Why should everyone else pay performance fees (your local music venue) and fear copyrights but not these guys? Because millions of teens can't be wrong. Screw myspace and youtube.

My, my... the trolls come out quickly these days...

/myspace: meh
//youtube: oh yeah!
 
2006-09-15 07:21:28 PM
img170.imageshack.us
 
2006-09-15 07:21:51 PM
Well, soon they're going to be up against Rupert farking Murdoch. He's just about to buy YouTube.
 
2006-09-15 07:21:51 PM
Okay, I can sort of see where they're coming from when they go after P2P sharing sites, etc. But how much lost revenue are they really suffering from people watching grainy videos on YouTube and listening to angsty songs on their friends' blogs?
 
2006-09-15 07:22:40 PM
danduran

Personally, I think it's his way of countering all the current celebrity stupidity. With Tom Cruise acting like a horses' arse, Jessica Simpson being, well, Jessica Simpson (and others too numerous to mention), maybe it's just Sir Paul's way of doing something normal. I mean, what's more normal than mashed potatoes?

/bet they're good too...
 
2006-09-15 07:23:47 PM
Meh.. re-thinking my previous comment I suppose copyright infringment is a different animal than the "p2p battles", but still.. it's pretty ridiculous.
 
2006-09-15 07:24:17 PM
>My, my... the trolls come out quickly these days...

You start a business streaming music and videos you dont pay a dime for and you'll be shutdown ina week. But these guys deserve special exemption? Right, I'm trolling. Logic is trolling now.
 
2006-09-15 07:25:23 PM
Although I love music on MySpace and Youtube, it's hard to deny the fact that it is copywritten material. Universal is justified.
 
2006-09-15 07:26:32 PM
Furthermore, what do they care? If I want to see actual music videos, I'm sure as hell not gonna go to MTV where I'll see hours and hours of tripe and the only videos I will see will make me want to die. Possibly in a fire.

No, I'll go to YouTube where I'll actually find what I'm looking for, enjoy it for the fleeting moments it plays, and then be done with it.

All I hear is: Waaaaaaaaaah!! We've been bilking people forever and now the free market came up with a better way of distribution before we did!! Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaah!!!
 
2006-09-15 07:26:39 PM
There was a time when artists signed with music companies to get their music out there.

Now the music company seems to think its purpose is to rake up the work, pack it in a tight little box and hide the key. But you can see the box where we keep the key for $15. You don't get to see the key itself, of course.
 
2006-09-15 07:27:02 PM
This is great. These companies are going to fark themselves out of business.

God, how stupid can these guys be? When you take down the behomoth in a particular field, such as MySpace or YouTube, all you do is create hundred of fracture guerilla sites, which are even *harder* to take down and kill. See: Napster.
 
2006-09-15 07:27:10 PM
Hey Universal, Fark Off!!!
 
2006-09-15 07:28:52 PM
Doug Morris vs Rupert Murdoch

Nice match up. And the winner is.......
 
2006-09-15 07:30:21 PM
Murdoch corp vs some other heartless company. Who gives a shiat.
 
2006-09-15 07:30:35 PM
youtube (and myspace, but i don't use that site) are in the right here because
1 on demand entertainment, b!tches
2 economic simplicty on the part of the user (i only pay my isp)
3 intellectual property is bullsh!t anyway. you can't put a price on thought.
 
2006-09-15 07:31:56 PM
Attention all Farkers: add the MPA (Music Publisher's Association) to the list. They've been responsible for shutting down sites like guitartabs.com for publishing music tabs (they basically show you where to place your fingers on a guitar).

The people who post tabs basically listen to a song on a CD or the radio, use their own noggins to figure out which fingers are used where, and share that knowledge. The MPA has no legal basis for threatening the shutdown of these websites, but the owners have no funding to fight them, so a lot of them have shutdown anyway.
 
2006-09-15 07:31:59 PM
Look, they aren't doing this to be popular. They already know you will be all upset and pissy. They've already factored that in. All your hand-wringing and name-calling is just a part of the process.
 
2006-09-15 07:32:12 PM
Provide a "service" that cannot easily be copied or duplicated if you want a guaranteed income. Otherwise, people can and will copy it, thus cutting into the profits you believe you are entitled to. Copyright has been extended and abused to the point where the public domain will never see Mickey Mouse, and somehow we're supposed to feel sorry for an industry that is supposed to be creative, but is in reality nothing of the sort.

Right now, so much of music and art is nothing more than the marketing of commercialized celebrity. There's no sympathy for the big players in the entertainment industry, and considering their past abuse of copyright, there should not be.
 
2006-09-15 07:33:16 PM
Good luck.

How are you going to sue A SERIES OF TUBES?
 
2006-09-15 07:33:45 PM
Is the content copywritten? Yes. Are MySpace and YouTube responsible? I don't think so. An ISP isn't held liable when you pirate content over their pipes- MySpace and YouTube are merely service providers, and do not have the capacity or responsibility to completely police what's done on their sites.
 
2006-09-15 07:34:36 PM

You start a business streaming music and videos you dont pay a dime for and you'll be shutdown ina week. But these guys deserve special exemption? Right, I'm trolling. Logic is trolling now


Point of Order. The business of You Tube and MySpace isn't specifically to stream videos and music.
 
2006-09-15 07:36:25 PM
You know... if they put 1/10 the effort into transforming their business model...
 
2006-09-15 07:36:37 PM
they aren't doing this to be popular

Then it's working. They're putting themselves on the same level as the likes of RIAA.
 
2006-09-15 07:36:45 PM
nottheman You start a business streaming music and videos you dont pay a dime for and you'll be shutdown ina week. But these guys deserve special exemption? Right, I'm trolling. Logic is trolling now.

I don't see the logic. YouTube is excellent for seeing long-lost performances by Kraftwerk taken off of French tv from the seventies and superhero-nerd-pseudo-porn; stuff that is never for sale anywhere, and would otherwise be lost forever on a vhs tape in someone's closet.

Show me one thing on YouTube that will stop a potential customer from purchasing a crappy Universal product. I dare you. Copywrite infringement, my ass.
 
2006-09-15 07:36:48 PM
I hope the RIAA drowns in a fire.
 
2006-09-15 07:37:07 PM
So, how much compensation will the artists see from these lawsuits?
Methinks maybe that Universal will see a lot of compensation and the individual artists not so much...

/ Artists should be compensated for their work
// Once the creator of the art is dead, the copyright should expire
/// The idea of a 99 year copyright is ridiculous
 
2006-09-15 07:37:25 PM
In other news:

Farkers prepare to unleash an anal beatdown on Fark.com for repeating stories that are still on the main page. Huffington Post asks, "Is Drew asleep at the wheel or is he just a pussy that can't handle a few beers?"

/so many petes
//I keep thinking I'm at slashdot
 
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