Algonquin lip dub video removed from YouTube over copyright claim

by susan on March 8, 2013

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Above: A still from the Algonquin lip dub video that went viral earlier this week

An upbeat tribute video produced by Algonquin seniors and posted last week to YouTube has been removed by the site over a copyright claim. In a matter of days, the video had been viewed more than 30,000 times, and had swelled the pride of Algonquin students and alum, as well as the communities of Southborough and Northborough.

Giles Ober of Southborough, one of the video’s producers, explained via email what happened:

As some of you might know, our video is no longer available due to a copyright claim by Universal Music Group. Before it got taken down, our video had 30,000+ hits in less than 72 hours, and was featured on NECN and Fox 25 news. As of now, we’re currently in the process of seeking legal council to further explore our options. We truly apologize for the inconvenience. We will keep everyone up to date on our progress. Please visit our Facebook page for updates and our ‘official statement’ regarding this issue.

Universal Media Group owns the rights to the song “Good Time” by Owl City and Carly Rae Jepsen, which was used in the video.

Fans of the video have taken to Twitter to express their disappointment using the hashtag #FreeLipDub.

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