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This is just silly

No, YouTube, actually, those arias from Carmen and Les Contes d'Hoffmann are in the public domain.

Yes, really.

You know, the ones first performed in EIGHTEEN SEVENTY-FIVE and EIGHTEEN EIGHTY-ONE, respectively.

If I had uploaded someone else's recording of them, that would be third-party content.

Uploading Elgin Opera's performances of them on Elgin Opera's account? NOT third-party content.

At least, unlike MySpace, they take the third-party content notice off automatically when you submit the dispute (presumably to be put back if they rule against you). And the auto-thingie didn't disable the audio, just said it might put up ads. (From what I've been able to gather, that's more likely to be the default now, rather than the immediate audio disabling, which is an improvement in policy.)

But since this is our singers performing with our (affiliated) orchestra, I'm not going to have them popping up ads to buy some other recording because the auto-thingie is lazy. Thus, I have just wasted fifteen minutes submitting five disputes. Very silly.


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Aug. 5th, 2010 02:57 am (UTC)
We could just sic our artistic director on them in full diva mode.

This would be the same woman who deliberately has me do "This Place Is Mine" as a parody of her...
Aug. 5th, 2010 02:51 am (UTC)
*shakes head*

OTOH, can you link this, because I'd like to hear/see it.
Aug. 5th, 2010 02:54 am (UTC)

It's mostly concert stuff, but there are a couple staged scenes from last year's summer series.
Aug. 5th, 2010 03:23 am (UTC)

Do they have no CONCEPT of "Public Domain"?? REALLY??
Aug. 5th, 2010 09:49 am (UTC)
The auto-matches analyze the waveforms of the audio, so I assume these particular ones are sufficiently similar to some recording in their database. But the notice isn't clear about that at all. Usually it identifies the specific third-party content in the notification message; this time it just said "musical composition." And the "Music Publishing Rights Collecting Society" it identifies as the owner is actually a blanket term, as I discovered by googling it. Also that a huge variety of disparate material has come up with the generic "musical composition" message.

IOW, "Our analyzing thingie says this matches soemthing, but our database isn't updated enough to tell you what." *eyeroll*
Aug. 5th, 2010 10:32 am (UTC)
This is why robots and dumb pseudo-AI's shouldn't practice law. :)
Aug. 5th, 2010 11:27 am (UTC)
It is indeed!
Aug. 5th, 2010 01:30 pm (UTC)
OK, new rule. Copyright decisions are not to be left in the hands of anyone or anything susceptible to logic bombing. There may need to be some tweaks.

(Did you have the Metropolis Maria icon in reserve for just such a situation?)
Aug. 5th, 2010 02:11 pm (UTC)
Hee! No, she's been languishing since I dropped out of brainiacfive's 1920s League of Extraordinary Gentlemen-based RPG campaign. We created her as a real robot who was left in a closet after the film was completed, got bored, and wandered off.
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