Due to copyright infringement unfortunately not. What does this mean for creativity and the ongoing stream of ideas if everything is restricted? Today, user-generated content dominates with the invention of the internet.
Has this ever happened to you mid YouTube binge?
The internet makes the monitoring of copyright tricky as it is virtually “a copy machine.” This can be a photograph, a phrase, a piece of music or even a colour shade. For instance, when rapper Ghostface Killah‘s Supreme Clientele came out in 2000, the album was accused of stealing samples from the Iron Man theme song. Jack Urbont, the creator of the theme song sued both Ghostface Killah and his label, Sony. The response from Sony was that Urbont had no standing in the case as the song was technically owned by Marvel. Urbont was hired to work by Marvel but not a formal employee. Urbont lost the case despite Marvel revealing Urbont as the “owner” but not the “licensee.”
Today, people “work for hire” regularly as individual contractors rather than full-time employees. It raises the question – who owns what? If you’re paid for a job, does that mean you’re removed from receiving any credit?
Marvel doesn’t hold a grudge (even though Urbont might) as Ghostface Killah was given a cameo in the Iron Man film (2008).
[Relevant note: It was ultimately deleted from the final cut.]
I made an audio piece (via Soundcloud) to accompany my discussion. Ironically, it was removed due to copyright.
So, here is a short podcast instead:
What are your thoughts? Tweet me @sophemacy other interesting copyright cases. I would love to hear from you!