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This story about the cops using copyright directives on websites to stop distribution of police brutality videos has the entire thing backwards.

The answer is to then require these police forces to pay royalties as a public performance.

That will stop the practice very quickly.

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@emacsen
Police using copyright to get videos taken down has a strong vibe of "We beg you, do not strike it down in it's good form, for when it returns in evil form we know not how to stop it"

@emacsen Police playing copyrighted music in order to get videos of police brutality taken down is a problem that's not very hard to solve.

You can easily tell what's going on without the audio, or parts of the audio if they start playing music after you've started recording. That solution should work fine for now. And I'm fairly sure better technical solutions will appear, if you have a copy of the music then it should be possible to use a filter to remove that specific audio from a video?

@katie @emacsen

a better solution would be a proper "fair use" law / and/or moving away from streaming media resources being concentrated in USA, the same filters catch out activists who have a march/parade and a DJ with a sound system plays a copyrighted track (a lot of rap and EDM is signed to major labels)

it is obvious that a political protest or an encounter on the street is not a pop festival or other musical performance; and any music heard there is just a coincidence..

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