Hold Steady seeking fan input

Pitchfork says the band The Hold Steady, who specialize in sardonic rants filled with witty and self conscious pop culture references, are starting a new social networking site, but it looks more to me like they’re working on their own personal YouTube, asking fans to upload a homemade video to support their new album Boys And Girls In America and even giving them pointers on how to make home videos. Here’s what they say:

This whole album is about guys, girls, love, and growing up in america. We want to you know about what you think about the opposite sex, relationships, love, the whole shebang.

We want to see you!

We want you to make a video testimonial. Post about your life, your loves, your high’s, and your lows. Your first date to your worst date. Your party fouls and your massive nights. Show us what you got!

Well, that’s really fun, and I commend them, and I go along completely with their three rules:

  • Your video may not contain:
    • Copyrighted material
    • Pornography or obscene material
    • The first and last name of someone other than yourself

However, the enthusiastic welcoming of fan creativity breaks down at the final moment:

All uploaded videos become the property of Vagrant Records. We reserve the right to edit and/or amend uploaded videos.

Why does the record company need to own the videos? If I were a Hold Steady fan, I’d be tempted right up to the point where I saw that they want to own my autobiography.

Comments (1) to “Hold Steady seeking fan input”

  1. Here’s the reason Nancy: old school attorneys. This sounds as boilerplate as they come. The law of intellectual property needs a serious overhaul.

    If I were advising them, I would merely state that you are implicitly granting a license to use the content and to make further modfications as they desire. Ownership is not needed.

    The whole concept has become obscured. When iTunes launched its music store they said that you own it. Or really? If one owns something they can typically sell it. However that violate sthe EULA of Apple. It is something that we, as a society, are going to have to really figure out. I am just afraid that those with the money are the ones who will win this debate. I am all for protecting IP, however there comes a point when protection can lead to the exclusion of new ideas and innovation. That was why the original copyright was valid for a relatively short period; now with the Disneyfication of IP, who knows when it really ends.