Thursday, October 22, 2009

Sony/ATV Publishing Censors Westboro Baptist Video

The original version of the video above was posted on August 3, 1009. It included racist Shirley Phelps-Roper at a demonstration in Chicago. She sang a horrible, anti-Semitic song, with her own terrible - but original - lyrics to the tune of The Beatles' "Hey Jude." This was a news event. Phelps-Roper is a news maker. The video was presented as both news and documentary. Sony/ATV Publishing complained to YouTube on October 20, 2009, forcing the removal of the original sound of Phelps-Roper singing. That is the equivalent of forcing a television news show to not air a report in which, for example, a US Senator sings a song to the tune of, say, a Beach Boys song. Inclusion of such material, even though copyrighted, is "fair use." Sony ATV Publishing apparently has no respect for fair use of music in news or documentary videos. But why did Sony/ATV Publishing target MY video? It was only posted for two and a half months, but if you search for "hey jude" on YouTube you find "about 15,100" videos. Some of those are approved, but many are clearly in violation of copyrights. One, for example, shows a baby on a couch singing the original "Hey Jude" lyrics to the actual tune. It was posted by "kladblog" on February 19, 2008. There's also one posted by "fiomily" on August 17, 2007 that shows two young girls doing the same thing. Neither of those is news or a documentary of a news maker, yet they've remained posted far longer than mine was allowed to be. The hypocrisy of Sony ATV Publishing is disgusting - I believe that they targeted my video because it featured a controversial figure singing her own horrible lyrics to a Beatles tune. Is Sony/ATV Publishing afraid of truth? Why do they suppress news, and why are they not playing by "fair use?" In light of this, I urge you to not purchase any products or services from Sony or Sony/ATV Publishing. More questionable "Hey Jude" (and Beatles) Videos on the web: Westboro Baptist Church Lincoln Center Protest Hey Jude - The Beatles - Parody by Westboro Baptist Church hey dude- hey jude parody The Most Tone Deaf Child EVER Trying To Sing Hey Jude beatles hey jude 27th Parallel Beatles Parody Hey Food Butchering The Beatles Hey Jude by The Beatles (Sung By A Sock Who Steps On Bugs) Hey Jews (Parody of Beatles Hey Jude) Korean Baby Singing Hey Jude Guitar Song Lesson: The Beatles Hey Jude Beatles: Hey Jude ( Beatles-Hey Jude (by TehManis) Google Video Search for "Hey Jude" Conservative Caps, Shirt and more! Leave a Comment - Chicago News Bench RSS Feed Visit us on Twitter!