Date: 2014-05-08 03:36 pm (UTC)
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There have certainly been music-related takedowns (and, more common of late, music-related monetization) on YouTube, and that's one of the reasons why more work on music in vids would be valuable: it would give pro-fandom intellectual property lawyers more to work with. But there have also been takedowns related to visual source ([personal profile] morgandawn linked to this example recently).

I wasn't actively involved in the initial legal strategizing around the quest for a DMCA exemption (the work for the 2009 exemption began in 2008), so I can't speak to that directly, but I can say that from my point of view the focus on video mattered not just because of YouTube takedowns but because of the larger legal landscape. The DMCA exemption was important partly because it was there--it was a venue in which to start to address legal issues around vids. And it was an important one because without it, fair use arguments didn't matter; vids were infringing from the get-go because they involved circumventing decryption. With that issue out of the way, we can focus on other things! As I am now happily doing. :)
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