The Free Market Wins..

The tea parties have been just a start.  They have awakened the patriots in all of us, and certainly sparked a few ventures with customized shirts, hats, bumper stickers.  In fact, even the bus companies, which had seen a downturn in trip reservations for charters in 2008 have had a little life breathed back into their operations in 2009 transporting patriots to rallies, and events protesting infingements by government.

We had one such event in DC attended, and documented, and for the most part ignored by the major news outlets.  Something dificcult to do when there are over 1,000,000 people involved in such an event.  But there were plenty of us who brought cameras, video recorders and themselves to be a part of history.  Funny however, is that even though news outlets didn’t want to cover completely the biggest, most aggreeable “protest” Washington DC has ever seen, there is quite a bit of attention paid anyway.


In the video below, I attempted to document the sheer number of people attending.. There was no way from my vantage points.  So instead it turned out to be a thrown together collection of spot shots, and I used Lenny Kravitz’ “Fly Away” song as a pacing tool.  I considered the possibility of posting this video on youtube as having a copyright issue, and figured I could be told to remove it.  I had not counted on the free market to find a solution to this and other videos which seemingly have the same possible outcome.

It did, and the video stands.  The seemingly small number of overall views belies the fact the video was scanned and the audio content properly identified.  Indeed, the free market has found a way to capitalize on the random distribution of copyrighted works in this particular medium.  The message in my information page about this video reads:

Your video, DC 912 First edit , may include content that is owned or licensed by these content owners:

  • Content owner: WMG Type: Audio content

Please note that the video’s status can change, if the policies chosen by the content owners change. You may want to check back periodically to see if you have new options available to you.

What should I do?

No action is required on your part. Your video is still available worldwide. In some cases ads may appear next to your video.

They put an advertisement on the clip.  Excellent. And to check it out, I played the clip, and it is selling the song itself directly from the video.  Ingenious, and hopefully rewarding to WMG (the copyright holder) for their ability to participate in this manner.   I applaud the market for finding a solution that both allows cross use of intellectual property and a means to pay for it.  Truly a win-win for all.

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