In this situation, a combination of copyright bots and corporate intransigence led to a Kafkaesque attack on music.
Musician James Rhodes put a video of himself playing Bach on Facebook.
Sony Music Entertainment claimed that 47 seconds of that performance belonged to them.
It’s what happened after Rhodes got Sony’s notice that earned it a place in the Hall of Shame.
Rhodes took his story to Twitter, where it picked up some steam, and emailed the heads of Sony Classical and Sony’s public relations, eventually getting his audio restored.
Public pressure and the persistence of Rhodes was the only reason this complaint went away, despite how the rules are supposed to protect fair use and the public domain.
We hear about these misfires roughly the same way they get resolved: because they generate enough noise. »