YouTube Rant about Bugs Bunny, Looney Tunes, at The Hollywood Bowl

Category: I'm Not that Dad

I went to the LIVE Bugs Bunny – Looney Tunes – show at The Hollywood Bowl a couple of weeks ago, It was absolutely FANTASTIC. I made an initial video that had short clips of the event – hardly visible images of the cartoons, along with the LIVE classical (public domain) music played by the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra. I also included fun stories that the conductor told. Within minutes of posting that video, I got that ubiquitous YouTube “warning” (threat) about using third party music without permission. I’ve been “warned” before and certain so-called “privileges” have been taken away – no trial, no appeal – just a fiat from the Gods of YouTube.

I don’t profit from these videos. I am simply sharing a “Live” event in clips. In fact, watching such a video might and likely could inspire viewers to actually purchase the music or, in this case, the videos of these classic cartoons.

Instead YouTube in cahoots with Hollywood is slamming EVERY ONE whenever there is the least breach of “use” rights – as they interpret them. Times have changed. I thoroughly support their enforcement of illegal downloading, pirated DVDs and CDs, and those that make an industry of stealing private copyrighted material. But, is it really necessary to go over short YouTube videos from a concert? Am I and others that do this hurting the industry or really promoting it?

I’ve re-edited the original video to exclude ALL music except the opening Star Spangled Banner – I think that’s public domain? Hopefully, I won’t get threatened again since nothing is here except washed out images – stills really – of the logo image from the concert, the conductor speaking, and one very short – hardly visible image of Bugs Bunny at the conductor’s stand – simply tapping it to get the orchestra’s attention.

I hope you – YouTube, and you, Warner Brothers – are not angry about that tiny inclusion. But, if you are, might you consider that I’m a regular consumer and perhaps simply nicely ask me to eliminate that one clip if it’s offensive to you? Is it really necessary to threaten me – to take away privileges and warn me that my YouTube channel may be shut down?

Who are YOU serving when you go after me and others like me?

  • BillDraeger

    A crappy imitation of the original is not copyright infringement in my opinion.

    • http://www.brucesallan.com Bruce Sallan

      @0077374d7d320e4ef286ca897f19ec08:disqus – whether it’s “crappy” or not – and I disagree with you since the music was first-rate – or you may have meant the video of the cartoons themselves, which was indeed CRAPPY – they should simply lighten up!

    • http://www.brucesallan.com Bruce Sallan

      @0077374d7d320e4ef286ca897f19ec08:disqus – If you meant the video of the cartoons, “crappy” is an understatement…but regardless, they should absolutely LIGHTEN UP – all they’re doing to the average consumer is making us LESS likely to buy their product!

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  • Wallace1770Mary

    Here’s another bit of meany-pants stuff they do, in the name of “Copyright.” I played in the orchestra, years ago, when they toured. Just about EVERY MEASURE of that music is in the public domain. The majority of it is written by Wagner, or Beethoven, or Ponchielli. The little bit of “music” that is original, is more closely related to sound effects. Warner Brothers, the owners of the Bugs Bunny franchise, are tight to the point of squeak. I once, wanted to use a .wmv file of Daffy saying “Let’s have a little organization around here, shall we?” for a demo I was doing in Gastonia, NC (I worked at the police department.) Having dealt with, and understanding copyright issues because of ASCAP and BMI, I asked permission. I got a big, fat NYET, not even for promotional purposes, which would have garnered no money. I am sorry, Bruce; I’m sure it would have been vastly entertaining. I enjoyed my stint with them; far better the Disney.

    • http://www.brucesallan.com Bruce Sallan

      Thank you @Wallace1770Mary:disqus so very much for reinforcing what I’ve been thinking and now am SAYING!