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Angry Joe has been fighting for some time against several companies for the videos he has made on YouTube. The main point of the fight is that his videos are being flagged for music playing in the video games that are in his videos. He has express permission to use these video clips, yet his videos are still being flagged.

What we know so far is that most of the claims against him have been retracted. Affiliates in Korea and Japan are very slow, but are starting to respond and/or retract their claims. The remaining claims are over music and have not yet been released/retracted.

The videos that Angry Joe made, that haven’t not been released/retracted, is lost revenue for Angry Joe. For each video, all money made is going to the company who is claiming the rights over the music. These companies are profiting off of fair use and the work that Angry Joe put into making the videos.

Joe looks tired and defeated in this video, but he is fighting the good fight and many people hope he keeps fighting. Unfortunately, when videos get flagged even with original content of violating copyright, the system is broken and we’re going to hear these cases more and more often.

Companies Joe is still in Dispute with:
Square Enix Co. Ltd.
PlayNC
SME a.k.a Sony Music Entertainment
UMG a.k.a Universal Music Group
WMG a.k.a Warner Music Group
The Orchard Music
Ministry of Sound (UK)
PIAS
LTD
Shock Entertainment PTY
Routenote
Merlin Essential Music

Thank you to these companies who released Claims:
Tomb Raider
Capcom
EA
TellTale Games
Lionsgate
IDOL
Kontor New Media
INgrooves
BandaiChannel
MC for Warner Bros
Sony Pictures Movies & Shows
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Videocopilot
Triple Vision Record Distribution
Blood on the Dance Floor

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The Trans-Pacific Partnership is a proposed new treaty, being negotiated behind closed doors between twelve countries of the Pacific rim, that will limit countries’ freedom to make their own laws to protect consumers, Internet users, workers and the environment.

For information about how the TPP will affect consumers’ rights, see Consumers International’s website. For its specific impacts on copyright and the Internet, see the Our Fair Deal coalition site.

The singer of the Japanese song, Emi, explains why she made the song:

The subject matter of the TPP is so complicated that people can’t easily understand how it effects them. To alert the people as soon as possible to the risks surrounding the TPP, I wrote lyrics that explain the TPP to everyone in simple terms, while singing happily! I want you to please use this song as one quick way to simply convey this message to a lot of people!

The collaborating musician, Citron178, is a composer of anime (Japanese animation) songs. This is especially appropriate given that the TPP ‘s copyright provisions could threaten anime fan subculture, which would interfere with the creation of homages such as fan art and cosplay (costume play). She writes:

In Japan, not much is known about the effects of the intellectual property chapter of the TPP, but it is likely to regulate the creation of fan fiction. So in order to send a message to geeks, who like to make secondary creative works like this, I had to make a song in the style of anime songs.

Original Japanese version.

Chilean musician Ana Tijoux has also created a song Spanish, called No to the TPP (No Al TPP) to explain why everyone should protest the TPP.

More at EFF, Why should I care about the TPP? and TPP, The biggest threat you’ve never heard of.

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An Australian record label sent a take down notice to YouTube because one of its users supposedly violated their copyright. Unfortunately for them, the video they were targeting was one of Lawrence Lessig, a world-renowned copyright lawyer, and now Lessig is suing back.

Lessig posted his lecture on YouTube, which uses a technology that scans videos to find copyrighted songs.

Many labels and artists have agreed to let songs stay up in return for a cut of the money that YouTube gets from ads it runs with the videos — but some labels, like Melbourne-based Liberation Music, which owns the rights to “Lisztomania,” just want them taken down.

One day, “the computer bots finally got around to noticing that I had used a clip from this song,” he says. “Liberation Music then fired off threats of a lawsuit to me if I didn’t take it down.”

At first, YouTube took it down. But being a copyright attorney, Lessig knew his rights. He was entitled to use these clips in a lecture under a legal doctrine known as fair use.

“If I’m using it for purposes of critique, then I can use if even if I don’t have permission of the original copyright owner,” he says.
Liberation Music eventually backed down. But Lessig decided to invoke another part of the copyright law, “which basically polices bad-faith lawsuits,” he says — threats made fraudulently or without proper basis.

Lessig is suing Liberation Music because he wants labels to stop relying on automated systems to send out takedown notices, he says.

Record companies have taken their bullying tactics too far. They will sue people over anything, including the sound of the wind. They act like children and threaten anyone who doesn’t agree with them, even if they are in the wrong, particularly when it comes to fair use. The entire notion of copyright needs to be revisited, with more realistic, practical rules emerging. In the mean time, the government should step in to stop these automated systems as they can not, by their very nature, understand the difference between purposeful infringement and fair use.

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