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Shame about the recordings

Boy oh boy there is a lot of amazing footage on UTube, like THESE!

I am wasting hours on this stuff. Its great to see and hear these incredible performances, surely there is some copyright infringement going on.


JoeH Mon, 11/06/2006 - 15:00
I LOVE YouTube; I think it's great. I also avoid it in general, because there seems to be this "Black Hole" of time whenever I visit it. hehehe....

I sit down to look at one clip, and suddenly 20 or 30 minutes have gone by. Yikes! :roll:

I've seen lots of our own video work excerpted on there as well, and although I'm not wild about it, I guess I can't complain. For example, opera students of AVA (the Academy of Vocal Arts) are putting their performances on there as part of their online profile/promotion. I'm not sure where/how they're getting the footage, since we give the school one copy of the performances on DVD. They obviously make copies, but beyond that, we can't control it, the school technically owns the material. The clips must be culled from the dvd itself, and that's unfortunate; we'd rather give them the hi-res AVI file and let them excerpt it instead....sigh....but of course, no one is paying for that sort of thing.

If you type in "AVA Opera" in the search line, the first three or four video clips (at least) are ours. Eric T Dubin and James Valenti (both shown in AVA's recent Rigoletto). Unfortunately, most of Stephen Costello's clips (from AVA's La Boheme) are NOT ours....poor camera work, auto-level and auto-focus, not sure where they got the audio from, either...

It's disturbing at times; I'd like to contact the posters to at least include our names in the credits of things WE did, but I know these folks don't have the ability to add this stuff professionally. On the other hand, I do NOT want our name attached to the inferior stuff. I'm hoping folks can at least see the difference between the two.

Perhaps it's all just a wash for now. One of them even has the camera menu showing, and the aspect ratio is tall and thin....whatareyagonnado? :roll: