01 April 2007

Youtube & Copyright

If you've been paying attention to the news lately, you might have heard about Viacom, which owns TV channels like Comedy Central, MTV, Nickelodeon, or VH1, suing Youtube for copyright infringement. That meant that three videos on my Myspace page were pulled. To be precise, they were: a segment of the VH1 special 40 Greatest Metal Songs covering Korn's "Freak on a Leash", part of an episode of MTV2's Headbanger's Ball covering the death of former Pantera/Damageplan guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott, and a scene from the South Park episode "Go God Go" where Ms. Garrison taught a screwed form of evolution. Well I understand why they'd remove the Korn and South Park videos. But how DARE they remove the Headbanger's Ball videos! MTV Overdrive has Headbangers Ball dating back only to December 2005, and because Dimebag Darrell died on December 2004, Youtube was pretty much the only way we Pantera/Damageplan fans could re-watch such a tragic event. Now his death is gonna be forgotten just because of corporate greed. If it weren't bad enough for Viacom to be promoting Justin Timberlake on MTV all the time despite his actions in that Super Bowl halftime show in 2004 with Janet Jackson, or removing the music videos from MTV and VH1. Sheesh! But when I was searching for HBB videos on Youtube again, to check if people re-uploaded the Dimebag Darrell videos, I found this: There is going to be a new band established as a joint between members of Pantera, Mudvayne, and Nothingface called Hellyeah. Big Vin Records posted this promo up on Youtube, LEGALLY:

Now I hope that later on they can re-post Headbangers Ball coverage of Dimebag Darrell's death.

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