Noah J Nelson on Friday, Sep. 20th
Vimeo, the popular web video hosting site with a reputation as the more “cinematic” YouTube is going to face a lawsuit over, of all things, “lip dub” videos. You might recall those videos of people lip synching to their favorite songs were popular during the first Obama Administration.
Eriq Gardner of the Hollywood Reporter has the case of an Internet fad gone bad:
Capitol Records and other big labels brought the legal action in December 2009, alleging that Vimeo copied, performed and distributed seminal sound recordings by artists including The Beatles, Daft Punk, Radiohead, Beyonce and the Beach Boys. Vimeo, which is now one of the top 130 most trafficked websites, responded by asserting that it was free of liability thanks to the safe harbor provisions of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.
It probably doesn’t help that some of the videos were made by employees of the IAC owned Vimeo.