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Shouldn’t they force him to ADD an audio track?

October 4th, 2010 Posted in cage, classical music, youtube

It took a while, but unfortunately the copyright police are now rampaging all over the YouTube classical music community. I first noticed this while checking up on the status of the embedded videos I used over at GetIntoClassical, and finding that half of them were “unavailable due to terms of use violation”. Basically, If an orchestra or record label finds out that one of their performances is on YouTube without their authorization, it’s gonna get wiped. This is really unfortunate — they are losing a wonderful way to reach a potential audience — but it’s not exactly unexpected either. Sometimes if it is not a video of an orchestra they will just disable the soundtrack.

A hilariously appropriate incident of this was just brought to my attention via the always awesome reddit:

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This is a “recording” of John Cage’s 4’33″. If you try to play this video you will see that:

NOTICE: This video contains an audio track that has not been authorized by WMG. The audio has been disabled.

Hah! The joke’s on you, Warner Music Group!

Of course, this wasn’t the first time that 4’33″ has been the subject of copyright dispute. You can read about how Mike Batt was sued for infringing on the same copyright here.

6 Responses to “Shouldn’t they force him to ADD an audio track?”

  1. Paul Says:

    It is sorry to see the way YouTube is going. I produced my own version of the Mozart Requiem, which has enjoyed some popularity on YouTube for a number of years amassing over 5 million views. A few months ago, I received a notice stating that another entity had claimed copyright on my piece. Needless to say I disabled the Audio. YouTube now is just plagued with companies abusing the copyright system, and by the like of myopic companies like WMG.

  2. J Saragoza Says:

    I listened to it and for 4:33 I have to say that the Cage piece overcomes the audio blackout. Actually there is no blackout in real time. Ok, the past can’t be heard here but the present still can. I listened to it twice and both times were different, isn’t that the way it’s supposed to work.

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    Not an impressive one

  4. Orpheus Says:

    I was at a performance of 4’33″ once – in an arrangement for chamber orchestra – where some jokers in the audience decided to sabotage it by making a mobile phone ring. (It was about ten years ago, back when mobile phones were still kind of a novelty – that feels like a really long time ago now…) It was annoying that it ruined the atmosphere but it kind of made the point of how effective the piece was until then…

  5. Lizzy Says:

    I can’t say I am surprised about YouTube, in fact from what I have seen most of it will get wiped. Unlike photos it is very difficult to get free music beats for your videos. I found one place but have decided it is best to make my own.

    I am sorry Paul decided to disable his audio especially as he created it. It is quite common for people to claim copyright even if it isn’t theirs! Would have been better for him to have countered it and proved it was his music.


  6. paper cup machine guide Says:

    Something new that I’ve heard of.

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