Published: Sun, December 17, 2017
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Mad Decent Shares Official Statement Regarding FCC Use Of "Harlem Shake"

Mad Decent Shares Official Statement Regarding FCC Use Of

Pai recently uploaded a rather obnoxiously-simple video to Twitter listing all the things you can "still do on the Internet" after the controversial repeal, which he calls "restoring Internet freedom". The song's producer, Harry Bauer Rodrigues ― a DJ better known as Baauer - threatened legal action against Pai for using the music. The idea? "Don't worry, internet, you can still do what you normally do without net neutrality", although there's no mention of the possible regulations and such that are a major reality.

He continued, "I want to be clear that it was used completely without my consent or council. My team and I are now exploring every single avenue available to get it taken down", Mr. Rodrigues said in a statement to Billboard Dance.

Neither the label nor the artist "approved this use nor do we approve of the message contained therein", the record label Mad Decent said in a statement. At one point in 2013, uploads of Harlem Shake videos on YouTube reached 4,000 per day. "We have issued a takedown".

However, this could be seen as "fair use". Nor did they think about the fact that, during the "ruin memes" segment, they couldn't just up and use Baauer's "Harlem Shake" to create a shit meme without proper authorization.

The FCC did not immediately return an email seeking comment.

Yesterday's news cycle was dominated by the early morning decision of the FCC to repeal the rules of Net Neutrality.

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