Friday, April 8, 2011

Stephen Colbert Sings "Friday" on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon

Check out this YouTube clip - aside from being funny and a very good cover (better than the original!LOL!) there is a 40 second gap at the front of the clip - this is to get around YouTube's copyright filter. Below the clip on YouTube it states:

"This is the video of Stephen Colbert singing Friday with jimmy Fallon. Due to Copyright restrictions, this video is mirrored. Please skip to 0:40 to watch the video because youtube only analyze the first 40 seconds of the video for copyright purposes."

This is a little provocative and might open up YouTube to further litigation - at the moment there is already litigation concerning YouTube's initial policy of only acting on take down notices rather than actively policing its site. Since then filtering has been introduced however tactics like this could potentially open up their filtering efforts to scrutiny as well. Keep in mind that there is already a dispute brewing over who owns the copyright and the parties here may find themselves in a very messy situation.

Further Reading
TechDirt, YouTube's Reply In Viacom Case Demolishes Each Of Viacom's Key Arguments (1 April 2011) < >at 8 April 2011

EFF, Lawsuit Against YouTube Threatens Global Growth of Political Speech (7 April 2011) < > at 8 April 2011

TechDirt, Copyright Fight Ensues Over Rebecca Black's 'Friday' (7 April 2011) < > at 8 April 2011

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