Are Facebook and YouTube Part Of The Piracy Problem?

Facebook logoThe rules, as far as pirating content on either Facebook or YouTube goes, I find very odd and very inconsistent.  For instance, five or six months ago, I posted a video that I made from a trip to the National Air and Space Museum.  I filmed some of the exhibits and set them to music–Cy Curnin’s Strange Ways, a most awesome song from an even more awesome albumand posted the video to Facebook, when it was soon pulled.

I later learned that this was because of the musical accompaniment.

Now my question is: I clearly didn’t ask Curnin to use his song, though is that the same as ‘stealing’ content?

And isn’t stealing in some ways is similar to murder, in that you can’t murder someone by accident (though you could not intend to kill someone, which the law recognizes as manslaughter– despite its obviously patriarchal origins).

Though back on point, considering that I purchased the music that I used in the video, wasn’t my usage only an extension of the rights that accompanied that purchase in the first place?

Or do I, as someone who’s actually purchased the song, have any rights at all as far as its usage goes?

YouTube logoI have never been particularly enamored of Facebook prior, though their draconian policies relating to the creative use of music sealed the deal.

Though I noticed something interesting in reference to YouTube, which like Facebook isn’t supposed to support piracy, yet apparently do.

For instance, I watched Gregory Levasseur’s The Pyramid this morning on YouTube, and the movie was clearly pirated (if the foreign subtitles were any indication).

Yet there it was.  Now keep in mind that The Pyramid isn’t a very good movie–which is interesting if because Levasseur is a talented writer, if his work Alexandre Aja is any indication–though that shouldn’t be used as justification to steal it (in my defense, it wasn’t labeled, so I knew little more than it was a horror movie before I began to watch; though truth be told, I would have watched it if it were).

And what about the instances that entire soundtracks are posted, which can easily be downloaded and converted to a format more amenable to iTunes (or any other application capable of playing mp3-formatted music).

Usage of a bit of music or video isn’t stealing, especially if it’s being used in a creative fashion.  Though posting an entire movie or album?

Now that’s stealing.

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