I just read a message I got on youtube recently. In 2008, I shot a video of someone doing some street theatre, and I posted it. The message went a little like this, “I am the manager for the performer, and his performance is going in a new direction. Can you please take the video down?”
Here’s my reply:
i appreciate you reaching out to me. however, i received express permission from him when the video was taken. second, this video is not revenue generating. third, i stood in a public space and the video records events that were happening in a public space.
similarly important, copyright and intellectual property exist to provide a creator/performer the allowances to earn revenue for their creation. as this video does not and cannot impair or prevent revenue earning on the art recorded in the video itself, i am under no legal obligation to remove the video.
if you would like me to provide a disclaimer on the video about his new performance style and promote a specific site, i’m happy to do that.
While I try to be nice and accommodating, I am surprised that someone would request that of me—or of anyone! I know the generals of the law in the U.S., and I just finished reading about them for the U.K. What would you have done?