Kings of Leon aren’t in a good place this week, it’s fair to say. Singer Caleb Followill left the stage at a gig in Dallas complaining of feeling sick and problems with his voice, and didn’t come back, with bandmate Nathan Followill subsequently alluding in tweets to problems within the band. Now the tour is cancelled, although the band claim they’re not breaking up. Anyway, this wouldn’t be news for Music Ally, but Techdirt has picked up on a disquieting digital angle to the story. It seems fans who shot videos during the Dallas gig are seeing them taken down from YouTube due to copyright requests from Vector Management, who represent the Kings of Leon. This, despite several of those fans protesting that their video clips merely showed Followill’s walkout, rather than any (copyrighted) music from the band. “Now it’s possible that some of the videos include clips of copyrighted songs, but the whole thing certainly seems pretty questionable, and looks like an attempt to stifle the video of what happened,” notes Techdirt’s Mike Masnick.
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