I am now under attack by Lord Finesse’s lawyers
Yesterday I uploaded a video about the hypocrisy of Lord Finesse‘s lawsuit against Mac Miller. It was about copyright and the importance of sampling and remixing in our culture. I have spoken out many times about the way copyright law can be abused to restrict free speech. Today, this is precisely what has happened to me.
Earlier, I tried to log into YouTube, only to be faced with a warning message saying Lord Finesse’s lawyers have had my video criticising him taken down. My entire YouTube channel and 6 years worth of work are now under threat, because I made an informative critique about a piece of music, and used a section of that piece of music to illustrate it.
Lord Finesse himself has used unauthorised samples countless times; in fact the very piece in question contains a sample of jazz musician Oscar Peterson. For some reason Finesse thinks it’s fine for him to do that, but if anyone else uses a sample of his work, which itself uses a sample of someone else’s work, that is not allowed.
Mike Masnick of Techdirt has written the following article. I now have to decide what my next step is.