In a piece on directing in Movie Maker from 2004, the film director Jim Jarmusch states that ‘Nothing is original. Steal from anywhere…’ Well, Jim, I stole your quote above not from your Movie Maker article but from something someone else made and posted on ffffound.com, where stealing and reposting is encouraged. If you are unfamiliar with ffffound.com:
|FFFFOUND! is a web service that not only allows the users to post and share their favorite images found on the web, but also dynamically recommends each user’s tastes and interests for an inspirational image-bookmarking experience!! (From the ffffound.com website)|
Yet about your idea of thievery, the once ‘no holds barred’ youtube.com begs to differ and I’d like to know since when?!
I uploaded a video to youtube of a silly little zombie film called ‘DEATH… TO THE DEAD!’ that some friends and I made a few months back. I had the decency and the courage to cite the musical sources that I used throughout the video: ‘Reunited’ by Bob James, ‘Tereznina’ by Cesaria Evora, and ‘The Mob Rules’ by Black Sabbath. Who would think that in under two hours from its original posting time that youtube.com would send me a rejection letter stating that: “A copyright owner has claimed content in one of your videos’ in regard to the Black Sabbath track? Damn! Is somebody from Warner Bros. sitting on the recently added videos link and scrupulously deleting our hard work from youtube.com because I certainly didn’t tag the video with any musical references.
Maybe it’s just because I have personally been burned twice by rights and clearance issues now in using youtube.com, but ‘The Mob Rules’ song spoke directly to my soul, Mr. Jarmusch, and I’ve brazenly celebrated it in the public eye only to be scorned by a rather fickle friend. Am I on a bad luck stealing spree or has this ever happened to any of you?
Posted by: Autumn.