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Hulu and Warner Music Sign Deal For Music Content

samzenpus posted more than 4 years ago | from the all-in dept.

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adeelarshad82 writes "A month after signing a deal with EMI for music video content, Hulu has reached an agreement with Warner Music Group to add its content to the video site as well. The deal will allow Hulu to post music videos, artist interviews, live concerts, and behind-the-scenes footage from artists on WMG labels like Atlantic Records, Rhino Records, and Warner Bros. Records."

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What does this all mean? (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30542636)

So what does this mean?

Re:What does this all mean? (1)

aplusjimages (939458) | more than 4 years ago | (#30543284)

It means that all those music videos that are illegally posted on youtube can now be watched on Hulu without any of the copyright guilt. God bless merica

Re:What does this all mean? (1)

icannotthinkofaname (1480543) | more than 4 years ago | (#30546020)

Question: Will they still blame pirates when it comes to people continuing not to buy CDs? Or is this actually going to bring in profitable revenue for the music companies?

I've never been clear on Hulu's business. Or is this why they have twice as many commercials during a show as when one watches something on Comcast's On Demand service?

Re:What does this all mean? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30546042)

Except for all of the people who don't actually live in the USA. We're still going to have to do things the old fashioned way.

Christmas (4, Funny)

Thanshin (1188877) | more than 4 years ago | (#30542656)

For the love of God, think of those of us who're at the office on christmas and post some interesting news.

Please. :(

Some fantasticly exagerated article about black holes eating our galaxy.

Some horror story about RIAA invading a country with its armed forces and cutting the prisoners' lips so they can't whistle while they build a bridge.

Something about gamer girls who play DF on their home made portable on the way to their modelling job.

Anything.

P.S.: Yes I have massive karma to burn offtopic. Hear teh plead of a desperate man.

Re:Christmas (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30542734)

P.S.: Yes I have massive karma to burn offtopic. Hear teh plead of a desperate man.

"P.S.: Yes I am karma whoring by pretending not to care about karma. Hear teh plead of a desperate man."

Fixed that for you ;)

Re:Christmas (4, Funny)

ZeroExistenZ (721849) | more than 4 years ago | (#30542776)

Fixed that for you ;)

You fixed an issue that wasn't an initial requirement, you must be a programmer...

Re:Christmas (4, Insightful)

thetsguy (1211146) | more than 4 years ago | (#30542930)

Fixed that for you You fixed an issue that wasn't an initial requirement, you must be a *Microsoft* programmer...

Re:Christmas (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30542972)

Clippy, is that you?

Re:Microsoft Programmers (1)

TaoPhoenix (980487) | more than 4 years ago | (#30543768)

No, they BREAK**** Produce Proprietary extensions to **** things that aren't initial requirements.

Re:Christmas (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30543304)

Fixed that for you ;)

You fixed an issue that wasn't an initial requirement, you must be a programmer...

...or a mechanic

Re:Christmas (1, Redundant)

adeelarshad82 (1482093) | more than 4 years ago | (#30542888)

sorry buddy, times are slow. Everyone's taking it easy on the big thrilling news

Re:Christmas (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30542952)

Here goes: Sensational news. [somethingawful.com]

Merry Christmas (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30543144)

I am heading to the Midnite Mass.

So a very Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year to you all !

Re:Christmas (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30543182)

This just in...

The terrorists have released footage of Santa Claus being taken hostage. He could not be wholly identified as his face was covered with a red velvet bag with a white puff ball on top. However, key personal were able to identify him via other properties such as his large black belt and belly which was shaking like a bowl full of jelly.

It is believed they will utilize Santa's Reindeer to deliver IDE's to the children of America. The White House has responded with full alert and a pledge to shoot down anything that flies tonight.

In a complete turn of events and it really does appear the terrorists have won.

sounds boring (2, Insightful)

Trepidity (597) | more than 4 years ago | (#30542758)

Doesn't UMG already post a bunch of videos on YouTube [youtube.com] ?

Re:sounds boring (1)

maeka (518272) | more than 4 years ago | (#30543554)

Doesn't UMG already post a bunch of videos on YouTube?

Yea, but YouTube doesn't give them enough money. HuLu is apparently more willing to bend over.

And ... (1)

MR.Mic (937158) | more than 4 years ago | (#30542970)

nothing of value was gained.

Deals (4, Insightful)

Wowsers (1151731) | more than 4 years ago | (#30543118)

Maybe the next deal, Warner could, you know, sign artists that can sing or compose their own music? Then they could stop using the excuse of piracy for their falling sales of music and films. If you think this is a troll post, just listen or watch what passes for "modern" music or films.

Re:Deals (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30543184)

just listen or watch what passes for "modern" music or films.

When I was a teen I used to listen to rock music, it evolved to techno, trance, chiptunes and then I learned to appreciate the occasional podcast, the sound of airco in the office with the conversations going over the cubicles and the quiteness in my car, just listening to the engine sounds instead of the bombardment of chatter and "music" on the radio.

I'd say the strategy for the music industry anno 2012 should be hiring aircos with strings (hah. "a fan with no strings attached is hot.") and upskirt action. Nude podcast readers ("I'm LIVE! nude from my badroom.. we're discussing current business, right here with me, a ducky. *quack*")

In all seriousness though, I think the world has evolved to a point where the "user" wants to have a say and role in the creation of content and evolution of it. If the "music" industry wants to survive, they have to come up with a platform which allows content-creation and distribution and let the user just have fun at it. It'll be massively more profitable then trying to force the outdated way. They're losing money, but have grown consolidated in old ways. They've riden the old wave of music boom, but they lost the skill and innovation to catch the next wave and are now sobbing wondering why they're not making profit like they used to and isn't maintainable anymore. Their model is outdated, trying to throw around their power will only last as long their "old garde" has the ability to do so, with networks they built up in "old times" with money made in "old times".

It're just some dieing spasms and then it's all over.

Re:Deals (1)

tepples (727027) | more than 4 years ago | (#30543540)

the sound of airco in the office with the conversations going over the cubicles

My boss plays music over the office PA system precisely so that employees can't snoop on phone conversations in the next cubicle.

If the "music" industry wants to survive, they have to come up with a platform which allows content-creation and distribution and let the user just have fun at it.

Internet record labels such as Magnatune already offer such a platform. The trouble is that the established labels also own major music publishers. If someone becomes successful outside the major labels, these publishers have the resources and the back catalog to dig up a post-1923 song that sounds similar and sue the indie for plagiarism (that is, copyright infringement with the presumption of bad faith that comes without attribution), relying on the precedent set in Bright Tunes Music v. Harrisongs Music.

Re:Deals (1)

MrMr (219533) | more than 4 years ago | (#30543656)

Wait, you mean that two songs sounding the same isn't only annoying, it actually constitutes a crime?

Plagiarism is a tort, not a crime (1)

tepples (727027) | more than 4 years ago | (#30544396)

Wait, you mean that two songs sounding the same isn't only annoying, it actually constitutes a crime?

Music plagiarism is not a crime in the United States because criminal copyright infringement [copyright.gov] requires willful mens rea. But it's still a tort, as shown in these cases [ucla.edu] .

Re:Deals (1)

need4mospd (1146215) | more than 4 years ago | (#30545062)

This proves a point I've been trying to make for a long time. All folk music is a crime.

Re:Deals (1)

MacWiz (665750) | more than 4 years ago | (#30548984)

Wait, you mean that two songs sounding the same isn't only annoying, it actually constitutes a crime?

Not always. Fantasy Records tried to sue John Fogerty for still sounding like John Fogerty after he left the label. Fogarty took a guitar with him when he testified, and showed the judge that everything he sang kinda sounded the same and there was nothing he could do about it. Fogarty won.

New York, London, Paris, Munich (3, Insightful)

RobotRunAmok (595286) | more than 4 years ago | (#30543312)

What's composition or vocal ability have to do with pop music? Pop has always been about the flash and the tits and the swiveling hips and the costumes and the post-production, since the dawn of the Rock-n-Roll era. Why does this bother anyone? Don't like it, there's a hundred other genres, and now, with the Internet, a fan can actually *find* these other genres and not piss and moan about how e-e-e-e-vil over-the-air radio doesn't play anything other than pop.

I grew up with the British Invasion: One-Hit-Wonder Boy Groups with Liverpudlian accents who dressed like mid-shipmen in a Horatio Hornblower movie. I -- and the rest of civilization -- survived just fine, thanks for asking.

Hulu is already irrelevant (0)

b0r0din (304712) | more than 4 years ago | (#30544520)

Since Hulu decided to charge for their content, they have already become irrelevant. Record companies are drawn to broken business models like moths to a flame.

Re:Hulu is already irrelevant (1)

SethJohnson (112166) | more than 4 years ago | (#30545266)

Record companies are drawn to broken business models like moths to a flame.

This behavior can also be observed among big-box retailers. Note that Best Buy spent $121 million to acquire the Napster trademark September 2008, perhaps 5 years after the brand awareness would have been worth more than a dime. The demise of their competitor, Circuit City, may be attributable to similar blunders, including their partnership in the DIVX media distribution system [wikipedia.org] .

Seth

Can we get Hulu in Canada Yet? (1)

Yo Grark (465041) | more than 4 years ago | (#30544524)

Anyone know of a way to get Hulu in non-US countries?

Yo Grark

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