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Anonymous asked in Politics & GovernmentLaw & Ethics · 5 months ago

Would this be classed as pirating music?

My friend was recently suspended for posting a video to Twitter. It was a video from the hit TV show "RuPaul's Drag Race". In every episode, the bottom two lip sync to stay in the competition. The person who performs the best in the lip sync stays in the competition, while the person who performs the worst in the lip sync gets eliminated.

They posted the lip sync to Demi Lovato's song "Sorry Not Sorry". A couple of weeks later, someone from the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America) reported the tweet to Twitter, had Twitter disable the video, and their account got suspended for copyright infringement.

The person who reported the tweet claimed that the person pirated music (even though the music was in the video the first place).

Would this be classed as pirating music?

Update:

Even if it's not the full song - would that still be classed as pirating music?

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  • 5 months ago
    Best answer

    That isn't really pirating, but it may be a copyright issue.

    • Nuff Sed
      Lv 7
      5 months agoReport

      Unlawful distribution of copyrighted songs is, in fact, "pirating".

  • 5 months ago

    Yes, it's pirating if you distribute someone else's music without their consent. It is a federal crime if you obtain a profit from it or if you deprive the owners of more than an insignificant profit. 17 USC § 506. In any case, it's not usually worth it for RIAA to pursue it if the violation is not repeated. They have about three years in which to decide to sue or to file a criminal complaint.

  • 5 months ago

    Yes. The producers of the TV show paid for the right to perform that music. Your friend did not. It doesn't matter that they merely copied it from somewhere else.

  • John
    Lv 5
    5 months ago

    The answer given by David S. is correct. Your friend infringed the copyrights for both the video and the music. In this case, it was caught by the owners of the music copyright.

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  • `
    Lv 7
    5 months ago

    The definition of "pirating" is to use for profit without permission, usually in violation of patent or copyright.

    • Nuff Sed
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      5 months agoReport

      Patents have nothing to do with copyright violations.

  • 5 months ago

    Yes. It's a copyright violation of both the music and the video.

    • Nuff Sed
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      5 months agoReport

      Ask Mrs Thomas-Rasset, who was sued by Capitol Records for online "sharing" of her collection of pop music recordings. One federal jury came in with a verdict for $1.92 million in statutory damages, based upon the $3million max for the 20 songs. U.S. Supreme Ct refused to hear her appeal. 2013.

  • 5 months ago

    According to twitter and most social media, it is. The same applies to YouTube. Basically if there’s music from another source, whether it be in a restaurant where radio is played, YouTubers can’t include the music unless they want to lose all the money they get from ads go to the original artist or studio or they got permission to air the music.

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