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Old 07-17-12, 06:10 PM   #1
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Post Yes, video of Obama belting out "I'm so in love with you" is fair use

The music publisher BMG Rights Management appears to have used the DMCA takedown process to remove another video of the commander-in-chief belting out "I'm so in love with you." The video, one of many uploaded in the wake of an event at the Apollo Theater earlier this year, was made by YouTube user sNewsCast. When Ars clicked the "play" button from our Philadelphia office, we got the message "This video contains content from BMG_Rights_Management, who has blocked it in your country on copyright grounds."

Two other videos of Obama's singing, uploaded by the Associated Press and ABC News respectively, have also become unavailable. They bear the message "the uploader has not made this video available in your country," making it unclear whether these videos were also removed on copyright grounds. Numerous other videos of Obama's rendition of Al Green's "Let's Stay Together" remain available on YouTube.

Arstalked to Sherwin Siy, a copyright expert at the public interest group Public Knowledge, about the copyright issues raised by presidential renditions of copyrighted songs.

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