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Well why should the Associated Press actually know about the law

prince.jpgA few weeks back, at the annual Coachella festival, Prince closed out one of the nights with a performance that included, along with his own hits, a cover of Radiohead’s “Creep.” I love that song, and I’d love to see/hear the crazy Purple One’s cover version of the song — trouble is, all the clips have been taken down because Prince’s record label claims the videos are a copyright violation.

Radiohead’s Thom York thinks it’s hilarious that Prince covered their song, and thinks it’s even more hilarious that his own guitarist, Ed O’Brien, has been unable to see the performance thanks to the video takedown:

“Really? He’s blocked it?” asked Yorke, who figured it was their song to block or not. “Surely we should block it. Hang on a moment.”
Yorke added: “Well, tell him to unblock it. It’s our … song.”

The AP then goes on to question the takedown of the videos, noting that the song was written by Radiohead and the videos shot by fan:

YouTube prohibits the posting of copyrighted material. If the site receives a complaint from a copyright owner, it will in most cases remove the video(s). Whether the same could be done for a company not holding a copyright is less clear, but Yorke’s argument would seem to bear some credence according to YouTube’s policies.

Seems the Associated Press needs to do some research on QuizLaw, where it would learn that there are actually quite a few rights folded up within a copyright. Sure, Radiohead owns the rights to the song itself, and the fans who shot the videos own the rights inherent in those videos. But Prince still owns rights related to his performance of the song (particularly because he had his own folks there recording the performance). Is his label an enormous asshat for having the videos taken down? Perhaps. But doesn’t mean they can’t do it. Well researched, AP.