Warner to Send Videos Thru YouTube

woutube is warner plus youtubeIn a potentially groundbreaking move for the music / entertainment industry, Warner Music Group is set to announce an deal to distribute copyrighted content through the video upload/download/streaming megahub, YouTube.

Details are still emerging, but interesting provisions have already been leaked regarding the preemption of inevitable remixing and mashing. YouTube has apparently developed royalty-tracking software that promises to “detect when homemade videos are using copyrighted material.” Somehow, the technology will enable Warner to maintain ownership control and “review the video and decide whether it wants to approve or reject it.”

“Technology is changing entertainment, and Warner Music is embracing that innovation,” said Warner Music Chairman Edgar Bronfman Jr. “Consumer-empowering destinations like YouTube have created a two-way dialogue that will transform entertainment and media forever.”

An interesting twist to a weekend that began with Universal Music Group’s head, Doug Morris, flat-out cursing out YouTube and similar Web sites as “copyright infringers.”

Read the entire A.P. article (source).

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UPDATE: NYT’s article quotes Sonific CEO Gerd Leonhard:

“The record companies are realizing their game is completely lost in terms of controlling the market,” Mr. Leonhard said. “Digital sales aren’t picking up as they should. If they don’t play ball now, they’re going to sit by themselves while everyone else is using their content for nothing.”

PLUS: Peter Kafka in Forbes on the adolescence of YouTube.

Greenwald’s ‘Iraq For Sale’

Critics and grassroots enthusiasts are already calling Iraq For Sale the finest work of Robert Greenwald, he of Outfoxed and Walmart fame.

Reuters leads with:

A new film uses the $45 six-pack of Coke to open another front in the political battle over Iraq, decrying what it calls profiteering and incompetence by defense contractors with the right political connections.

Check out Link TV’s review/interview w/ Greenwald. Advance reviews from: Arianna Huffington, Steve Johnson (Tribune), Jeannette Catsoulis (NYT).

It’ll be out Sept. 26. Here’s the trailer:

Post-9/11 Xenophobia

Liz Losh and Ann Bartow at Sivacracy point out some impressive artistic displays of the expansion of anti-Arab xenophobia as perpetrated by Hollywood since (and prior to) Sept. 11, ’01. Losh:

…[T]he website of The Path to 9/11 has a sickening clip called “How to Create a Riot” on its video menu.

You can learn about the village in Morocco, Ouarzazate, that Hollywood relies upon to produce its cultural cliches and the three generations of extras who inhabit the place. Its history on celluloid apparently goes back to Lawrence of Arabia! This documentary by Ali Essafi tells you more.

Bartow directs us to Jackie Salloum‘s enlightening (and award-winning) 9-minute “Planet of the Arabs” Check it out:

Donald Rumsfeld: Anti-American Fascist?

In my general (unspoken and impossible) boycott of political blogging, I’ve passed up many opportunities to conjure up nausea by evoking even images if not quotes of Don Rumsfeld. As reported widely throughout the blogosphere, MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann delivered a KO-punch for the ages, evoking Murrow. Like his “Nexus of Politics and Terror” report last October, I cannot pass up hosting this commentary. Lay it down once and for all who the real fascists are. Is the U.S. media finally figuring it out, or is it just the “hacks” like Olbermann and Stewart? At least the blogosphere is flexing its muscle(s).