I roared with a belly laugh when I read this headline in bed earlier today. Could Capitol Records truly be this misguided? Do they not realize that if you to were sort Internet brands by those most emblematic of creativity — not piracy — that Vimeo would line up at the top? Lip-dubbing is harmless and perfectly fun, and ultimately will define the aesthetic of an Internet generation. Other than for some petty legal jockeying towards a greater strategy can I imagine why this record company would sink such a potentially valuable lifeline — Lip-Dubbing and Vimeo create tremendous relevance and usefulness for their catalog!
If anything better underlines my point it’s an email I received from Sean Nelson, the frontman of the band Harvey Danger, whose song Flagpole Sitta we’ve now infamously lip-dubbed:
That Flagpole Sitta video made me incredibly happy, just when I thought there was NOTHING that could make me listen to that song again. A thousand thank you’s.
Capitol, you’re a bunch of goof-balls. This lawsuit is the tactical equivalent to pooping on someone’s birthday cake.
I, for one, am willing to boycott Capitol artists unless they reconsider, and I implore other labels to pivot and spur conversations with Vimeo in order to determine a simple process to give people access to copyrighted music for personal video that is satisfactory for all.
In my opinion music (specifically anything rock n roll roots) is on planet earth to be fun, which can often lead to stupidity and creativity. Songs are short which is why the lip dub has been such a success it combines stupidity, fun, and creativity in a short enough time span that allows you to have the same experience on repeat, labels are blind for not trying a way to take advantage of this. To add another quote on top of Zach’s that I read this a few months ago from Sean Nelson of Harvey Danger.
“It was an office full of really attractive nerds kind of singing and dancing to the song. That’s my favorite thing that ever happened.”
“Robert Frank, Swiss, unobtrusive, nice, with that little camera that he raises and snaps, and with one hand he sucked a sad poem right out of America on to film, taking rank among the tragic poets of the world.”—Jack Kerouac from the introduction to The Americans first published 50 years ago.
“Everyone is down on journalism, I couldn’t be more excited because in disruption there is opportunity. There is huge opportunity for us as profession right now to step up and if we don’t step up we are going to left behind, we have to elevate our game.”—Brian Storm, president of MediaStorm
“We do not believe in ourselves until someone reveals that deep inside us something is valuable, worth listening to, worthy of our trust, sacred to our touch. Once we believe in ourselves we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight or any experience that reveals the human spirit.”—e. e. cummings (via hdot)
Just got a chance to check this out. Pretty damn rad for a nerd like me. Here’s the blurb from the blogspot heading:
This was created in dedication to the photographer Vivian Maier, a street photographer from the 1950s - 1970s. Vivian’s work was discovered at an auction here in Chicago where she lived for 50 years but was originally a native to France. Her discovered work includes between 30-40,000 mostly medium format negatives. Born February 1, 1926 and deceased on Tuesday, April 21, 2009.
Cannot wait to explore her work and find some more inspiration for my Chicago half-sleeve! Yay!