Sony Charges For Fair Use

Tech and Science News: Sony Charges For Fair Use

What’s that sound? Oh it’s more Youtube copyright drama, this time involving Sony’s music branch. The company claimed content in videos by the educational bluegrass group Hudson Valley Bluegrass Association was copyrighted. When the bluegrass artists disputed this claim under fair use, Sony tried to license the fair use rights to them... for $500.

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  • pwners4u FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    10 months ago

    it was a representative that said this so you will probably see the person fired or something in the near future and sony will say the $500 license fee is for using their music not needing to be paid for content under fair use

  • ToastyToast77 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    10 months ago

    more like FARE use.

  • AEixilimar FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Double dildo member

    10 months ago

    I am surprised that a large lawsuit has not incurred to either Nintendo or Sony at this point due to revenue loss, for example with Nintendo they are copy righting things they have not made but are played on their console so they have no grounds there, as for the Sony part it just seems like a huge money grab for a groundless grab if Blue Grass did find only one lawyer most likely Sony would be forced to pay a large fine for the abuse of the Digital Millennial Copyright Act and thus deter them from doing anything more. Hell I would personally throw money at a company that was there to dispute these acts

  • colespock FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    10 months ago

    Rocky Top! :D

  • St0ner1995 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold God of Linux

    10 months ago

    everyone who has been hit by this shit should band together and sue companies that do that shit for billions of dollars, that will send a message

  • DeviousSiddy

    10 months ago

    So I thought about the whole #WTFU situation going on lately and thought up this Content ID idea. What do you guys think? It's rough to some content creators but maybe reaches a cleaner middleground with more stability than the grey area called Fair Use.

    The current Content ID system is capable of finding the Copyrighted material within the video track and audio track AND is even capable of pinpointing the timestamps where the material occurs in the video. With a little upgrade of the current system, you probably could even calculate what percentage of the screen is used to show copyrighted material. Couldn't this information be used to calculate what percentage of the video is used for copyrighted material? And that percentage will be used to reserve revenue from the video for the original creator? This way atleast the full revenue won't be stopped for those in need, and copyright owners get their portion.

    Such system would then show the video creator the percentage and where in the video the copyrighted material occurs and they can contest when they do not agree.

    I think this would also stop takedowns and even encourage use of copyrighted material albeit not content creator side. There will be more second guessing whether to use copyrighted material and in which capacity.

    For games, since they are an outlier, that system may need to be tweaked? Cutscene and music are prone to trigger content id in this case, but then again, the game creator get a share of the deal. It only means that Gamers need to recheck their business strategy a bit and maybe even hide music and cutscenes as much as possible...

    This destroys the idea of Fair Use, but that should be for the best. It was too much of a grey area anyway.

    How does this sound?


  • EricHVela FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold 7-4 M-F CDT

    10 months ago

    Sony exists in a mindset that any use of their stuff gives them allowance to more than just their stuff in the claim that it's to protect their stuff... or at least, it looks that way to me more than a few times in the past. (Anyone remember rootkits?) Such things might seem fair play in certain countries, but we consider such things to be dirty pool in the USA and other certain countries.

  • MissedherTaco FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    10 months ago

    Lol I live in the Hudson Valley

  • AfterInfinity FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Music Composer

    10 months ago

    This prompted me to brush up on my fair use knowledge. I didn't know that fair use could be claimed on the grounds that the content in educational. I had thought it only applied if the work was transformative. Interesting how that works.