Blake Farenthold Really Wants to Post Musical Cat Videos on YouTube

The congressman thinks it should be easier to get permission to use copyright holders’ music.

Texas Rep. Blake Farenthold, R-Texas, (right) thinks his cat videos are much better with music.
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Alex Brown
March 13, 2014, 7:56 a.m.

Rep. Blake Far­enthold grilled a Grammy win­ner Thursday on mak­ing it easi­er for him to up­load vir­al con­tent.

“Let’s say I want to put up a video of my cat and put some mu­sic be­hind it,” the Texas Re­pub­lic­an asked, ques­tion­ing com­poser Maria Schneider at a House hear­ing on copy­right law. “How many hoops are there for me to jump through? “¦ This is a very com­plic­ated pro­cess.”

Far­enthold lamen­ted that to leg­ally use mu­sic for a per­son­al video, he would have to search for the artist, track down con­tact info, ask for per­mis­sion, and await a re­sponse. “Isn’t there an op­por­tun­ity for your in­dustry “¦ to make it easi­er for in­nov­at­ors to li­cense your con­tent and do it leg­ally?” he asked.

Schneider replied by dir­ect­ing Far­enthold to her web­site, say­ing ob­tain­ing per­mis­sion isn’t as hard as he made it out to be. She ad­ded that his ques­tion over­shad­owed the fact she is los­ing a great deal of money thanks to pir­acy and copy­right vi­ol­a­tions.

“I ap­pre­ci­ate that, but I also want some mu­sic on my cat video,” Far­enthold re­spon­ded.


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