My friend brought this to my attention when her video got muted, along with several others a few days ago:
Apparently a representative from Victor Entertainment, the Japanese company that owns "Promise," the song used in the popular meme, "Geddan," otherwise known as "Get Down" has been going around and flagging videos since May 2011 and having the audio disabled on claims of "copyright infringement." On September 15th, 5,500 videos were muted, on October 10th, it increased to 6,850, and on November 4, 7,390! Included in the muted videos were several re-posts of the original Geddan.
Ironically, Victor Entertainment didn't bother with videos that had their pitch changed or were posted to Nicovideo (in Japan.) They just took down ones that were in the original key and were on YouTube.
So apparently whoever is going around and muting the Geddan videos doesn't find them funny. If it were an American company, it would be easier to file a complaint with YouTube, but since it's a Japanese company, there's the issue of the language barrier.
Is "Geddan" going to stay alive because of the "pitch shift" or will it end up as a dead meme because of Victor Entertainment's copyright claims?
Your thoughts, VAA members?