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That sucking sound you're about to hear?

That would be the exodus of classical musicians from MySpace due to EPIC FAIL.

I'm guessing this automatic copyright-checking thing I've just run into is shiny and new. Or at least new. It is considerably less than shiny. What with, oh, not knowing the difference between the copyright holder of a recording and that of a composition.

The La Scala recording of the overture to La Forza del Destino that its database spit out? I'm sure EMI is indeed the correct copyright holder of that.

The composition itself, however? Having premiered in EIGHTEEN SIXTY-TWO? Erm, not so much.

However, because their automated thingie fails to make that distinction, I currently can't upload any media to the Elgin Opera account. I was annoyed enough that I'd have to wait until they processed the dispute before the capability is reactivated. Then I had to take their stupid copyright quiz before I could even click through to the dispute page.

And then... wait for it... Yep. I filled out the dispute page, clicked to submit it, and got an error message.

Three times.

The error message claims it's notifying the technical team. Why am I not holding my breath about that? And am I going to have to deal with this every bloody time I upload something? Because I still have videos of about eight numbers from our January gala to upload, and then I'm going to be starting in on Magic Flute. Maybe I'll just put a link to our YouTube channel on the profile page, and save myself an upload. Idiots.

I haven't had any real problems with MySpace before, so this level of fail is really out of nowhere. Have I missed a new Music Industry vs. Intarwebz kerfuffle? Because rolling out something that can't make such a basic distinction smacks of panicked rush.

Edit: Went back to retry the dispute, and it went through this time. Now we'll see how long it takes them to deal with it.


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Dec. 1st, 2009 12:20 am (UTC)
I HATE that programs think they've got it ALL together.
Dec. 1st, 2009 01:23 am (UTC)
It's just so lazy. Yes, the overwhelming bulk of what the thing will catch is going to be popular music, which of course will be in copyright. But if they're going to have classical recordings in the database, they need to deal with the overwhelming bulk of that material being public domain.
Dec. 1st, 2009 11:17 pm (UTC)
I'm kind of weirded/fascinated by the idea that people have FINALLY copped to "COPYRIGHT" having meaning...and have forgotten that there ARE things in the public domain as a result!
Dec. 1st, 2009 05:00 am (UTC)
And just on the cusp of all the wide world of holiday performances, too -- which, if this is just a straightforward Rush Into Epic Fail, is going to bite them but good with floods of complaints as they claim "Silent Night" belongs to Kenny G. ...

I had not heard of this. Please let us know how it comes out.
Dec. 1st, 2009 05:44 pm (UTC)
That angle hadn't even occurred to me, even though it's been on my back mental burner to figure out what holiday stuff I want to do at Villa Verone. Oy.
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