3 Create legally protected free “covers” of music videos and rate them

It is not that difficult to create a music video of your own which is protected against copyright infringement complaints.  You have to pay or have paid a small, reasonable fee to get the rights to sing the song (I think this is called a mechanical license.) . . . and then, when you make the new music video, distribute it for free, rather than charging for it.  At least, this is how I understand the relevant copyright law as it regards producing your own versions of music videos.

Of course, some music videos are hot or show a young lady being ***.  Or, they are fun in various ways . . . but some I think are *** and you probably think that they are ***, even if they are not R-rated.

And, if there are teams that wish to be creative, and are open to producing some music video covers, create them and let the videos be judged.  You could probably, if you wish, even create the head-to-head competitions you have had with May Madness, though there are other ways to judge or rate the videos.  But head to head competitions in brackets, while judging music videos, if produced by teams of people who consented to produce them to be shared and judged, are probably ethically and spiritually sound and I suspect that producing the music videos and judging them will be constitutionally protected by the Tinker decision.

Remember, Tinker lets the school shut you down if you are materially injuring the learning environment of the school and the school admin seems ty have claimed that “Hot or Not” or May Madness did this, presumably by unreasonably upsetting girls or hurting their feelings.

They can’t shut “you” down for producing a legally protected “cover” of a music video and they usually can’t shut you down even when you are producing a “cover” of a hot music video.  That is protected free speech, at least generally speaking. . .  I am not a lawyer, but I suspect you can produce covers of 98% of the music videos out there without getting into legal trouble and you will probably have some fun.  (This assumes you distribute your music video for free and have paid the mechanical license.) If needed talk to your drama or art teacher or cheerleading coach and ask them for help in figuring out the law so that no one sends you a notice to take down your video from youtube.  (Even that is not too bad a problem . . .)

Now, if teams of you produce some videos and the videos are judged by others with “your” consents, then, there is (or should be) no reasonable complaint of a girl being upset.  She has been artistic and creative in a music video you folks have created . . . and she has agree that it shall be distributed for free and that it shall be “judged,” rated or appreciated.  So, if the persons who create the music video “cover” do not have a reasonable complaint, you can put the covers on youtube and others can judge or rate them, and as best I can see from the law, the school administration can’t shut you down for that reason.

Now, I am not claiming to be a lawyer.  You could always go straight to the school principal or vice-principal and ask him or her if you can be shut down for creating a music video cover (distributed for free) and/or for having such “covers” judged and rated.  I don’t believe they can shut you down for these things.

See Stacy’s mom and here are some of the rules governing the creation of music video covers which are legally protected and will not become the basis of a copyright complaint.  Also, you should know Skylar Stecker.  Skylar produces many music videos and some of her videos are covers of other music videos.  Here is Skylar in a music video cover of Shake it Off by Taylor Swift.  Here is Skylar in a music video cover of Chandelier.

Now, obviously, creating a *** music video would be some work.  To do it, “you” and “your team” would have to be doing it for the fun of it and because you love the idea.

Now, with any luck, if any of like the idea of creating a music video cover, your mom or dad or the parent of a friend at school is a lawyer.  You could ask them, but I think you can “copy” a lot of some music videos as we see above, if you follow some basic rules.

If you have no parents who are lawyers, and if you wish to check, raise $150 to pay for a 30-minute consultation with a lawyer who deals in this things.  But truthfully, you folk have drama, art and journalism teachers and they are being paid–in part–to help you know how to create things such as a music video without your being sued.  If your journalism or drama teacher or vice-principal does not know the law or can’t find out, I’d send a complaint to the school board that they are being unhelpful.

But, in previous years, you folks have put in work to have a Hot or not contest and some of the young ladies have wished that they were on the list . . . and so you folks could, if you wished, create some covers!  I’d love to see them!

So, technically, even if you create the entire performance and recording yourself, you still need both the mechanical andsynch license to legally publish a cover song on YouTube or any other video site, unless it falls within public domain (don’t assume!), or if it was published under a creative commons license allowing for free re-use.

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