Friday, September 11, 2009

Pogo vs. Sony

I was going to share something new here, but apparently my Australian lover Pogo hit a snag with his latest (and ultimately fantastic) track entitled "Bangarang". The piece and the accompanying video, made using clips from the film Hook, have been pulled from the web at the insistence from Sony Pictures Entertainment that he is violating copyright laws.

While Pogo proclaims that he simply wants freedom of creative expression, others argue that Sony should embrace his work since similar YouTube videos have proven profitable for other studios and artists by which the pieces were inspired. Most notably, the forces behind Monty Python encouraged clips and segments on YouTube, noticing a significant sales increase in their DVD's thereafter.

Pogo and his fans also argue that Sony is ignoring the United States Fair Use policy which "allows limited use of copyrighted material without requiring permission from the rights holders".

Fans are making continual attempts to re-upload the video, but each gets taken down with the same copyright claim. If you go to YouTube you might just be able to find one posted that's yet to be sniffed out and taken down.

Hopefully this pans out in favor of my honorary Aussie boyfriend. Meantime, here's another favorite of mine entitled "Scrumdiddlyumptious" which uses bits from the classic movie musical Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.

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