YouTube just launched a library of royalty-free songs you can use in your videos. The generic-but-not-bad tracks let you add some audio spice without risking a copyright-related takedown. [YouTube via Verge]
I'm against this idea because it craps all over the premise of fair use. Yes, it's good for folks who just want some generic audio in their videos, but I'm sure this was put in place due to strong pressure from the paranoid fanatics who run the RIAA. I'm all for artists getting their dues for song use, but these copyright takedowns are done with a shotgun-blast approach by automated systems that have no judgement whatsoever. They rarely get reviewed by an actual human to see if, for example, a video containing the "happy birthday song" getting sung at a kid's party is really a gross violation of artists rights (hint: IT ISN'T). I've said it before and I'll say it again: fuck the RIAA.