Never Gonna Pay You Anything
Pete Waterman wrote the song Never Gonna Give You Up
, which is the focal point of the massively popular Rickrolling prank. But he's now complaining that, despite the millions of times that video has been viewed online, he's earned only £11 from Google for all those views. He earns more from his local radio station playing the song than he does from YouTube. Welcome to the internet economy, Mr. Waterman! [Telegraph
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Is that it? Wow, that's fairly lame. I feel so ripped off...
(Disclaimer: Tasmania is not the same as the rest of the world, although we do have that internety thingy)
In fact there were over half a dozen covers and remixes released in 2008 (including one by Barry Manilow!). I'm sure that this was entirely unrelated to the Rickrolling phenomenon... just as I'm sure Waterman never got his cut from every one of those recordings.
MTV (USA) hasn't paid royalties on the videos they've played for over 20 years. The outcome of the legal decision in the mid-eighties said that music videos, unlike radio broadcasts, are not "performances of the song" but "advertisements for the record." What this means is a complete reversal of anti-payola laws. In this system, the artist and labels can (and should) PAY for the privilege of having their video aired.
The new legal question will be "do we apply the radio model or the video model to performances on the internet?" My guess is that videos will carry on as a free-for-all while the RIAA continues to pursue illegal MP3 users.
The laws are different in Europe, but Google/YouTube is located in the USA. I doubt he'll get much more than complaining done.
The downside is that after two years of its operation, no new movies have been produced except amatuer and indie productions, as Movie production houses act only as libraries and suppliers of 'put-yourself-in-the-old-film' software apps, television has become entirely news and weather or reality shows, pharmaceuticals are free ( since they cannot be copyrighted after publication in journals ) but you have to rent the desktop synthesisers that download the instructions to make it from the ingredients you also purchase, and writers no longer write - When one of the characters is introduced to a famed author and comments how much he enjoyed his novels, the author asks for