MTV Censors File Sharing Sites names in Weird Al Song

October 31st, 2008 at 12:00 am

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I really don’t get the music industry sometimes.  I reckon they aren’t quite sure about how they feel about music piracy.  Most of the time they are gung-ho against file sharing sites where illegal copies of music are available. But sometimes they also hate DRM because it hinders the distribution of music.

To add to that confusion, MTV the largest music channel in the world is censoring out the names of file sharing sites featured in a song that’s supposed to influence people not to download and pirate music.  Sure the song is ridiculous and comedic given that Weird Al wrote and sang it, but is still delivers the message that piracy is a criminal offense and you should buy the CD instead like you know you have to.

The song is even aptly titled "Don’t Download this Song" and come off Weird Al Yankovic’s latest album Right Outta Lynwood.  The lyrics go:

Once in a while maybe you will feel the urge
To break international copyright law
By downloading MP3s from file-sharing sites
Like Morpheus or Grokster or Limewire or KaZaa

When aired on MTV, the names have been bleeped out.  The reason for which is most likely and probably because MTV thinks that broadcasting the names of the sites will only drive traffic to them.  It’s nonetheless publicity to the file sharing sites however in the same way the song is also nonetheless a hate message to music piracy.  So where exactly does MTV stand?

Anyway, you can watch the uncensored video here and get ready to have LSS (last song syndrome) and a couple of laughs.  Weird Al rocks!