Warner Music Group, Stevie G, Sharp Dressed Man

A few years ago a 24 spoof I created was pulled down from YouTube due to copyright infringement. One of my oldest video was pulled down last month by Warner Music Group due to audio copyright infringement. The video entitled “Stevie G” depicts an unusual moustached fellow (played by myself) taking a stroll to the supermarket set to the 80’s ZZ-Top hit Sharp Dressed Man. Fortunately YouTube now offers “Audio Swap” which lets you swap out the audio with one of their approved music tracks. Unfortunately for Stevie G this really changes the vibe.

Original Video:

New Video:

Excerpted from email from YouTube:

“…A copyright owner has claimed it owns some or all of the audio content in your video Stevie G. The audio content identified in your video is Sharp Dressed Man by ZZ Top. We regret to inform you that your video has been blocked from playback due to a music rights issue…”

“This video is no longer available due to a copyright claim by WMG.”

Very Short Very Cheap Film Festival Entry

Our clip won 2nd place in the TBWA/Chiat/Day Very Short Very Cheap Film Festival and was shown at the Cannes Advertising Festival. Submissions  were based on the Absolut campaign “In an Absolut World…”

Written by Trevor Bittinger
Sound Design: Lawrence Scaduto

Editing: Brandon LaGanke

Photography: Keith Hopkin

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