First, have a look at this video of Huxley dancing.

Now, have a look at this email I just got from YoutTube:

Dear gregladen,

Your video, Dancing, may have content that is owned or licensed by SME.

No action is required on your part; however, if you are interested in learning how this affects your video, please visit the Content ID Matches section of your account for more information.

– The YouTube Team


…. ah … nope ….


  1. #1 Uncle Glenny
    July 22, 2011

    who or what is SME? Something to do with the background music?

  2. #2 sidhe3141
    July 23, 2011

    First hit is Society of Manufacturing Engineers.

  3. #3 MadScientist
    July 23, 2011

    Wow – I knew of patent trolls like Lodsys, but at least they do hold pieces of paper that state they have some patent or other. We’ll have to invent a name for folks who claim copyright they don’t actually have.

  4. #4 Hard Wired Gaming
    July 23, 2011

    Don’t worry too much about that; it’s an automated thing that the corporate d-bags who yank YouTube’s choke chain run videos through. YouTube technically isn’t supposed to do that, but they do anyway.

    By the way, SME is Sony Music Europe.

  5. #5 dargndorp
    July 23, 2011

    I can’t watch the video from Germany. Instead, I get the message (rough translation): “Unfortunately, this video which contains music by SME, is not available in Germany, since the GEMA has not granted us publishing rights.”

    Yes, the German original reads just as clunky. More info on the GEMA:

  6. #6 MadScientist
    July 23, 2011

    Oh, now I get why it’s a serious problem. People will watch Huxley’s video instead of buying CDs!

  7. #7 sailor
    July 23, 2011

    cute kid!

  8. #8 Paul Hutch
    July 23, 2011

    The problem is that fair use is not as clearly spelled out in copyright law as it could be, so precedent plays a large role in determining a fair use claim. However in this particular instance the precedent is about as clear cut as it can get, see Lenz v. Universal.

    It’s sad that in Germany they are blocking the video but with copyright law variations around the globe it’s currently an unavoidable consequence.

  9. #9 Greg Laden
    July 23, 2011

    Huxley has decided to cut his performance tour short and skip Germany entirely. “leck mich am Arsch, Deutsche. Ich bin nicht dein Krapfen” he says.

  10. #10 Rich Wilson
    July 24, 2011

    You should reverse your video before you upload it. His dancing in reverse will be the same, but then we can hear about “Satan Sweet Satan”.

  11. #11 Ana
    July 24, 2011

    This is a tragedy. LOL I am making that poor child a mix tape!