p2pnet news view | P2P | Music:- Warner Music is, on the one hand, desperately touting Choruss, its school ‘licensing’ scheme, and on the other, continuing to behave like a miserable SOB — just like Vivendi Universal, EMI, Sony, the other members of the Big 4 organised music gang.
Says the Wikipedia »»»
Keyboard Cat is an Internet meme. It consists of footage of “Fatso”, a cat (now deceased) owned by Charlie Schmidt of Spokane, Washington, wearing a blue shirt and “playing” an upbeat rhythm on an electronic keyboard, in reality being manipulated like a puppet by Schmidt. The clip has gained popularity by being appended to blooper and other viral videos as if to “play” that person offstage after the mistake or gaffe, usually accompanied with the title Play Him Off, Keyboard Cat or a variant.
Now, “The audio appears to have been deleted on behalf of music label Warner Music Group,” reports Caroline McCarthy on CNet News. “This video contains an audio track that has not been authorized by WMG,” a message adjacent to the video read. “The audio has been disabled.”
Not the one we saw (see below) — for now, anyway
“The Keyboard Cat-Hall & Oates video was getting popular, with over 375,000 views on YouTube in fewer than two months and press from blogs like the AOL-owned Urlesque, so it’s not quite clear whether WMG was alerted to the video directly or if the sound was pulled because an audio fingerprinting technology trawled through it,” says CNet, closing with a quote from a disgruntled fan who said:
“I hate you, Warner Music Group. This video is hilarious and? promotes a song that would otherwise never reach the ears of young people. What is wrong with you?”
And, “When did the music industry go so wrong?” – asks the fan.
It all started (online, anyway) back in 2003 when the Big 4 first sicced their RIAA extortion on their own customers.
First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win ~ Mahatma Gandhi
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