Copyrighted music in HDSLR videos

Here is an example of a guy with a disgusting attitude towards creative people.

James B. Venice

[SIZE=”5″>”[/SIZE]You Zacuto guys might want to edit out the “**** *****” trailer at the end of your video. They are using a soundtrack from Steve Joblonsky without copyright permission.

Not cool. I would hate for all your hard work and “original” content to be ruined by the kids at *******.

I work for Reprise Records and we are contacting them now about the theft of his music. Please remove that section of your video or contact us at our media relations department at 818-840-2405.

Thanks for and take care.[SIZE=”5″>”[/SIZE]

There are two schools of thought on copyright and I am passionately in only one of them. In my world view, copyright serves mostly to protect those who are already established, who are already wealthy. It serves to feed through the bottom a dozen lawyers and shady music executives who take artists by the balls and squeeze every last penny from their creativity.

Creativity, filmmaking and music, is about having your work noticed, not about monetizing every copy, and charging every one who has the privilege of listening to your music, watching your film, or experiencing your creativity. Creative people don’t need this business model. Record companies do.

Needless to say, this is a business model which simply cannot survive in the digital age, where liberal copying and distribution of electronic media is impossible to prevent without destroying the mechanism on which the internet works, and going against it’s principals. Therefore, the record company’s business has become outmoded, and they are resorting to suing customers to stay alive.

Of course artists themselves need to make money. A new business model is already practiced by people, artists who embrace it are flourishing both creatively and economically because of it. Radiohead’s release on In Rainbows is a prime example of how just one of these new internet based business models work for both establish acts and upcoming ones.

Word of mouth can be the making of an artist. HDSLR movies are a new way of spreading the news about artists, both established and new. None of this need people like James B. Venice or Reprise Records.

Another thing which worries me, similar to the old law of copyright – is the patents system. Here we put a price on all future innovation, by forcing future companies big and small to pay licensing fees to already hugely successful companies. It is startling what kind of stuff gets patented in the camera industry these days, and the abuse of the system. If the system was around at the dawn of civilisation the wheel would never have got off the ground without a lawsuit!

In the brave new digital world, the old guard must be stood up against and forced to change. Carry on putting copyrighted material in your HDSLR videos, whether for profit or for not. It does the artist good.

The only people it harms is people like James B. Venice.