The row over fan videos of the recent Kings of Leon onstage kerfuffle being removed from YouTube rumbles on. Many of the clips did not include any copyrighted music – merely the announcement of singer Caleb Followill that he was leaving the stage to be sick and drink a beer. The band’s management company Vector Management has been filing takedown requests citing copyright claims, and has been called out on it by several tech sites. Not that the company is apologising. “Artists and managers pull down videos off of YouTube every day,” a spokesperson tells The Hollywood Reporter. “It’s commonplace and instinctual.” Well, yes, when there’s copyrighted material in the clips. THR points out that besides trying to protect the Kings’ reputation, there may be insurance issues at stake for future shows “if Followill was intoxicated rather than ill”.
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