J&R has every right to go after people who take their official music and reupload it to make money off of it. Even though I don't make any money off of my stuff I have gone after countless people on youtube for reuploading my material. Unfortunately I don't trust youtube to always know the difference between official releases that are live and unofficial live videos. Youtube is a huge company that runs on computer algorithms and it's very hard to get strikes removed even if they were put on by mistake. So therefore I will be removing most of my Joe content from my channel. I don't want to run the risk of losing my channel and the music by other artists who are on it.
DISASTER! For the isolated among us Natasha was one of the few ways we could keep up with Joe. For the low income among us it was a way to see shows or parts of shows and then go out and buy the CD or DVD. I can't imagine how many DVD's or CD's I've bought because of Natasha's Channel....
Secondly, and this will create a firestorm I'm sure, I understand the offensiveness of rip offs and scoundrels making money off Joe's work and it is against the law and disgusting and an abuse of everything imaginable. I have had illustrations I created ripped off and used elsewhere so am all to familiar with the concept. However my drawings NEVER appeared without a copyright notice so as an artist Joe's work is absolutely copyright. What drives me CRAZY!!?.... is that for a lot of the up and coming artists the copyright was waived in favor of distribution. Joe is just one of the latest in a long string of artists who used YouTube, Napster, whoever (monetized or not) to get known, to get their work out there, and now that they are household names, want to cut off the very hand that made them known. I am not talking here about CD's DVD's or otherwise released material that we can buy. But what about the Blues cruises and those performances?
As mentioned in an above post the 'Pain and Sorrow @ Tangier' (I think that's where it was) is iconic and suddenly Joe who? became someone to really, really take notice of. So on the one hand I'm glad whenever an artist owns and regulates the distribution of their own work. But when the network used to distribute and get that artist know was done with full knowledge of the copyright infringement, I confess I'm a lot less sympathetic.