According to a Project Opus report, the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America) plans to challenge YouTube for the use of videos in which amateur dancers are shown "hamming it up to popular songs." The RIAA is arguing that since these videos do not seek clearance, they are in violation of copyright laws. Needless to say, this has the blogging community talking.

In a blog post on Searchblog, John Battelle argued

Good f'ing lord, RIAA. Wake up. This is how we use music in the real world. Get over yourselves.

There are valid arguments that can be made on both sides of this issue. Of course it seems innocent, these are just amateur videos of kids having fun. Why pick on them? Let them enjoy themselves.

On the otherhand, it is copyrighted material being used without the permission of the copy right holder. Shouldn't the RIAA have the right to protect its property? If individuals or companies are profitting off the use of someone else's material, doesn't the owner have the right to be compensated? Tricky, Tricky!!!

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