The authorities in California have been utilizing America’s broken copyright system to try to prevent people from filming them.
The tactic would be to play copyrighted music fully, and in that way compromise movies as copyright-infringing, once they may uploaded online.
In Santa Ana, the authorities are using music from Child, no doubt aware of Disney’s propensity to go after internet users more than real or alleged copyright laws violations on social media.
Songs from Toy Story, Mulan, and Encanto are being played loudly late at night as the police carry out arrests, upsetting people within their homes.
Final summer, there were reports of officers in Oakland using a Taylor Swift song to prevent activists they were confronting from having videos of the event.
But this doesn’t seem to be an entirely successful trick, considering that many of these videos that “ feature” copyrighted music played by police officers remain on YouTube.
Why that is the case is not clear – in general, creators are prohibited from uploading videos with music they have not received authorization to use. Some speculate that the video clip giant treats these uploads of police as allowable under the fair use guideline, or that there may be another, currently unknown reason.
YouTube’s policy says that in the US, copyright-protected materials can be used without the holder’s permission in some circumstances, but whether fair use applies is decided on a case-by-case basis.
Some of the examples of once the use of copyrighted material might be allowed are commentary, criticism, research, teaching, and information reporting – but even then, the final decision upon whether fair use can be applied “ can depend on the scenario, ” YouTube’s rules say.
Meanwhile, the authorities are coming under critique from those filming all of them, but also from some authorities, who accuse them of treating people disrespectfully whenever they blast music in the middle of the night.
The Santa Ana police chief said they were looking into one particular video , uploaded to the Santa Ana Audits YouTube channel, that shows an exchange between the Disney music-playing officers and Councilman Johnathan Hernandez who confronted them over it.