decided to start to upload some 45s at youtube like many others here. But there is a mate who asked immediatley if this is legal? Maybe it is kind of naive but never thought about that. Sure i am not the owner of the copyright, so my question goes out to people who have specific experiences. Ever had Problems with posting music on youtube or the net in generally. If you have your own chanel on youtube are you paying for the right to do that???
Now this is a long thread and I don't pretend to have read every posting, however just in case anyone has missed it,
there has been a long standing legal case going on in Germany, which received coverage on the BBC a couple of weeks
ago on Radio 5 in particular. Basically a German based writers, artists and performers organisation has taken Google to
court and won in Germany,with regard to their performing rights (please refer to the links below) in respect of illegal
You-tube uploads (now blocked in Germany?).
I understand that as a result You-tube has now to filter out copyrighted material in Germany.
During the presenters discussion on the matter, the "experts" were saying that anyone illegally downloading material
could be prosecuted in the US Courts because all the main internet servers and their related companies are based in the US.
How aggressively offenders can be pursued however was a matter of conjecture due to their sheer numbers globally.
I am not trying to put the frighteners on anyone, but personally I am considering closing my You-tube account.
I enjoy sharing my tunes, in the same way that I might invite someone into the "music" room to play a tune or share with them a mix CD. I don't see any difference between this and You-tube uploads which give some very obscure artists (many now deceased)
a global audience.
PS I am also surprised be the occasionally harsh responses of Soulsource staff, no need to say what an otherwise
great forum Soulsource is.
Links and quotes:
From BBC News 20/04/12:http://www.bbc.co.uk...nology-17785613 "YouTube loses court battle over music clips:A court in Hamburg ruled that YouTube is responsible for the content that users post to the video sharing site.It wants the video site to install filters that spot when users try to post music clips whose rights are held by royalty collection group, Gema. The German industry group said in court that YouTube had not done enough to stop copyrighted clips being posted.Rights battleYouTube said it took no responsibility for what users did, but responded when told of copyright violations."Today's ruling confirms that YouTube as a hosting platform cannot be obliged to control the content of all videos uploaded to the site," said a spokesperson for the video site."We remain committed to finding a solution to the music licensing issue in Germany that will benefit artists, composers, authors, publishers and record labels, as well as the wider YouTube community," they added.Gema's court case was based on 12 separate music clips posted to the website. The ruling concerns seven of the 12 clips.If YouTube is forced to pay royalties for all the clips used on the site it will face a huge bill.Gema represents about 60,000 German song writers and musicians.If enforced, the ruling could also slow the rate at which video is posted to the site as any music clip would have to be cleared for copyright before being used."
From CBS news:"A German court has ruled that online video platform YouTube must install filters to prevent users from uploading some music videos whose rights are held by a music-royalties collecting body.German news agency dapd reported that the Hamburg state court on Friday mostly sided with Germany's GEMA, which represents about 60,000 German writers and musicians.GEMA took Google Inc.'s YouTube unit to court over 12 temporarily uploaded music videos for which no royalties were paid.YouTube has maintained that it bears no legal responsibility for the uploaded content - saying it checks and sometimes blocks content when users alert the firm about alleged violations of laws.It was not immediately clear whether the ruling will be appealed.