I read yesterday on Twitter that ASCAP is thinking about going after bloggers who embed videos in their posts. So guess what I’m gonna stop doing? Yep.
I know that’s not really feel-goody of me. But I guess since I wasn’t a regular with the “post a video of a happy song on Friday” thing that I won’t be missed. But I did want to let other bloggers know that there might be a danger in the continued practice.
I think ASCAP is in the right, but wrong in exercising that right. The majority of songs in those videos are still under copywrite. I’m touchy about copywrite, because it’s the only thing protecting my only personal asset. I’m a writer and without copywrite I’ve no hope of earning a living through my words.
But those videos are also publicity. There have been at least three occasions since the inception of Feel Good Friday where I’ve been reminded just how much I love that particular song. I’ve gone straight to my iTunes and BOUGHT the thing. I know this piece of anecdata* probably means very little to ASCAP, but I have to throw it out there. They’ve made more money from me by having the videos freely available than they would have otherwise.
*this is my new favourite word, and you’re bound to see it alot. I came across it at TCP when another commenter (tanglethis?) used it. And since it describes so well that which is in overabundance on the web I have to keep it and love it and take it out to look at how perfect it is.