Monday, August 21, 2006

Jere's Fantasy Land

Hey! My Reggie Jefferson 1996 home run video from MSG Network has been removed from YouTube! I finally broke the "any broadcast, rebroadcast..." law! My life is complete!

Seriously, terrible job, MLB. Were you really planning on doing anything at all with a twenty-second random, meaningless clip from 1996?

Am I making any money off of it?

You'd rather have it sit in some warehouse, unseen for the rest of eternity than let some dude use it, unaltered, for shits and giggles. I think that's horrible.

Ian MacKaye said it best, and A. I don't have documentation of this since I heard him say it live at a spoken-word performance and B. I'm not getting the quote exactly right, but: He told a story of how some guy had written a song 25 years ago, and it finally saw the light of day in a movie or something. The guy was pissed because he didn't get any money for it. And Ian said, "Why wouldn't you be glad that your art is being heard instead of sitting there unheard?"

This is why I take a view that most musicians don't agree with. I feel everyone should make art and then share it with everyone else. You shouldn't have to buy permission from Motley Crue if you want to play ten seconds of "Dr. Feelgood" in your band's live joke-set at the local bar. But some people going around making sure copyrighted material isn't played without permission.

One time, a band made up of a bunch of 15-year old fans of The Pac-Men, my old band, covered a song of ours. Did we say, Hey, that's OUR song, give us money if you want to play it? No. I can't speak for the whole band, but I thought it was the coolest thing in the world. If you can do something and inspire others to do something else, even if it's just a tribute to you, then you've done your job.

MLB: I like your product and I'm saying, Look, everybody, at this cool or funny play from a game I taped years ago. You're not doing anything with it, and I'm showing it just for fun. I don't see any harm done. You snooze, you lose.

And here's my idealist answer to the question, "But Iron Head, what if people are stealing your material, making money off of it, and claiming it as their own?":

Teach your damn children not to steal. Then, in another generation, we won't have to worry about this.

Went to Rocky at Bryant Park tonight. The season finale of their outdoor film fest. This year I knew ahad of time about the jumping up and down during the HBO intro. Oh, whoops, I said HBO. If anyone from that company is watching, do you want my quarters I'm saving up to do laundry? Would that little extra bit of space between my thousands of dollars and your hundreds of millions of dollars please you?

And MLB, good luck finding and deleting my other videos I made out of your trillion-dollar enterprise and am making no money off of. Fuckers. Tell Bud I said hi. And start worrying more about levelling the playing field and less about fucking YouTube, you fucking fucks.

"& they fornicated with the great whore, Babylon The Great":

In this case, I speak of DFYankees & all those who live off them;

Terrible JOB, MLB!
There it was Jere, right there at the end! It's that simple. Take it farther though, get your hackles up it's fun.

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