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Copyright and the Absurd

May 29, 2012

All right, so two guys, Brian Kamerer and Travis Irvine, make a funny video. They put it on youtube. Someone on Jay Leno’s staff sees it. Without asking permission or blessing (I don’t know youtube’s copyright agreements, but I’m sure NBC’s lawyers would’ve called if they needed permission), Jay Leno puts the video on his show. I assume that he mentioned the video makers names. Cool, right? Free publicity, notoriety – no harm, no foul, kinda cool, actually.

Until recently when youtube took down the video because NBC claimed copyright of it. Because it had aired on the Jay Leno show and therefore is NBC owned.

This is one of those times where I find it very difficult to defend corporate copyright law.

Here’s Brian’s open letter to Jay Leno. It’s kinda funny.

  1. May 29, 2012 at 1:26 pm

    I still think their beef should be with NBC, not Jay Leno. Why do they think he has any idea what’s going on? Now, he might know, but also not care that the video was used and removed nor that they’re upset over it. But it’s NBC making these calls, not Jay Leno, I would believe.

    • May 30, 2012 at 8:07 pm

      Yeah – it’s definitely the network, not him personally, but it’s not as much fun (nor as likely to get a response) to rail against the company, I’d bet. :)

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