This pre-Hallowe’en copyright news item had escaped my notice until now, but I’m belatedly pleased to welcome Justin Bieber to the ranks of culture-loving Copyfighters like fellow Canadian music icon Glenn Gould. (Bieber and Gould: now there’s a killer mash-up. Can’t you just hear it? I’m asking you, Gordon Pinsent.) Anyway, what happened was this:
In an interview this morning on Washington DC Hot 99.5 Radio, the Canadian singer affirmed that Internet users should have the right to reuse and remix music on YouTube.
Bieber said Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) should be “put away in cuffs” for sponsoring a bill that would make posting copyrighted clips a felony. […] when asked if he is comfortable with people posting videos singing his songs, he replied, “Are you kidding me? I check YouTube all the time and watch people singing my songs. I think it’s awesome.”
A tip of the hat, Mr. Bieber. Now go for a round of high-fives with your agent and record label reps. I’m sure they feel the same way.
Listen to the radio interview and read the report at TorrentFreak:
Justin Bieber: Sponsor of Anti-Piracy Bill Should Be “Locked Up.”
For more about the bill in question, S.978: