Abba-cadabra: Wake SPCA video disappears
UPDATE: The Wake County SPCA video is back — in a fashion. Find details here.
Wouldn’t you just know it: The Wake County SPCA’s inspiring music video — lip-synched to Abba’s “Take a Chance on Me” — has been taken down, apparently after threats by the giant music company that holds the rights to the song.
The following message is displayed where the video once was.
“This video contains content from UMG, who has blocked it in your country on copyright grounds.”
UMG stands for Universal Music Group, a global corporate giant and the world’s largest music content company.
Another message adds, “Sorry folks. We are working to convince them of video’s educational content and promo value.”
We could all boycott Universal Music for being such sticks in the mud, for putting their turf concerns and profits above saving the lives of dogs, but that would mean no:
Akon, Erykah Badu, Justin Bieber, Black Eyed Peas, Mary J. Blige, Bon Jovi, Mariah Carey, Sheryl Crow, Dr. Dre, Eminem, Melissa Etheridge, Fergie, 50 Cent, Nelly Furtado, Vince Gill, Godsmack, India.Arie, Lady Gaga, Lil Wayne, Jennifer Lopez, Ludacris, Maroon 5, Nicky Minaj, Rihanna, Gwen Stefani, Sting, George Strait, Shania Twain, Stevie Wonder, and Kanye West — just to name a few.
I could handle that, particularly the Justin Bieber part.
How ridiculously greedy. How uncivically minded. How, in a word, bullying — why else would the company feel the need to flex its muscles at a non-profit organizatiion trying to save the lives of dogs.
We hope the SPCA can work things out and get the video back online.
They seem to be taking the matter in stride, and not calling UMG a bunch of greedy, selfish, joy-smashing pigs — that’s just me that’s doing that.
The Wake County SPCA website offers this explanation:
“Sorry about this folks, we got a very cordial email from the folks in Sweden that we are using this commercially (as opposed to non-commercially). So while we try to convince them of its educational content and value and that we will single-handedly bring ABBA back to the top of the US pop charts, please enjoy another SPCA of Wake County video.”
Visitors to the website are taken instead to another SPCA video featuring scenes from the shelter and songs by Sara McLachlan and The Beatles.
Posted by jwoestendiek October 11th, 2011 under Muttsblog.
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