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Fresh off a court victory against Google's YouTube, ASCAP tells us it is setting its sights on users of the video-sharing site. Welcome to the exciting world of copyright licensing, blogger; you may already owe gobs of money!
ASCAP licenses the performance rights for music, collecting royalties for its songwriter members when their songs are played in certain contexts.
Originally posted by TheAssociate
I wonder if or how this will affect this site. This is a for-profit website, but it isn't the owners embedding the videos. Either way, this is a disturbing development and there's no doubt that soon there will be more and more regulations on the way people can 'use' Youtube (and other) videos. Hope this gets worked out in our favor.
Originally posted by tristar
If this does go global then all sites are affected, regardless if the site owner embed's or not. The moment your allowing such content to be displayed then your are indirectly embedding and due to advertising running through the site you are in fact drawing unique hits thus increasing profits on your ads due to traffic.
The problem now is that people are just stealing other peoples work without getting permission or giving compensation.
Musicians, filmmakers, authors etc. do deserve to earn as much as possible from their works, but I shouldn't have to suffer through things like the above mentioned just because some jerk out there doesn't want to pay to listen to the new Kanye West song.
Originally posted by grapesofraft
reply to post by TheAssociate
I side with the Music Industry on this one. An artist should get paid when his work is reproduced. It is no diferent than playing it on the radio or in a bar or whatever.