You may feel that you are forced to contact the police if your neighbor is loudly playing music while you sleep. What if it’s the police playing loud music?
Santa Ana police responded around 11 pm to a report about a vehicle that was stolen on April 4. The video was uploaded to YouTube by “Santa Ana Audits”. It shows the man approaching several police SUVs that are parked around a vehicle which he eventually identifies as Porsche. After a few minutes of filming the sounds of Randy Newman’s “You’ve Got a Friend in Me” suddenly resound from the surroundings. Toy StoryThe soundtrack starts playing through the loudspeakers. It is almost as if it were coming from one of our police cars.
Residents are starting to complain about noise as the playlist loops through other Disney songs. Johnathan Ryan Hernandez is a Santa Ana City Councilman. Hernandez questions one officer who’s still using Disney music on his cell phone. Hernandez asks the officer why the music is playing. He says that it was not allowing them to conduct their investigation.
Even though there have been numerous court decisions confirming the right to record citizens, officers in the US continue to harass them. They even try to take their phones and erase the footage.
In the United States, police officers have been caught using copyrighted songs when they meet citizens who are equipped with cameras in the last few years. YouTube algorithms detect copyrighted footage and will automatically remove the footage from the site. Disney is not the only company responsible for creating content.
Councilman Hernandez eventually convinced Hernandez to stop the officer from playing music and to apologize to him for filming. This is not an isolated incident. There are many documented instances that have occurred. Vice Copyright hacking was the name given to it by the author. Officers in Beverly Hills played Sublime and the Beatles music last year to try and trigger copyright filters on social media. An officer in Oakland performed a Taylor Swift song, and instructed the filmer, “You are free to record whatever you like.” The only thing I’m certain of is that it cannot be uploaded to YouTube. In September, an Illinois police officer stated in an incident report that the officer had been advised to play music during citizens’ filming.
Even though playing music from children’s movies is less confrontational than pulling someone’s phone out of their hands, it’s still a way to protect themselves and others from being recorded when they are interacting with people. However, it is an abuse and violation of public trust. This is also an example that laws are too generalized and can be used to attack certain subjects. In fact, background music not captured in video is not considered a copyright violation and shouldn’t be treated that way by any algorithm.
Cory Doctorow disapproved of the use of copyrighted music at neo-Nazi rallies. This was because the tactic could have been co-opted. You can make any video of your beatings un-postable by playing loud, copyrighted music in your cruiser.
The filtering algorithms are not perfect, however. Every video above, even the one where an officer says “[this]cannot be posted on YouTube,” but are still accessible via Instagram or YouTube. Und The Washington Post It was reported that Santa Ana’s police department was looking into the situation. However, it is clear that copyright legislation must be updated with times. This is especially true since the agents of state use these laws to avoid accountability as well as to prevent free speech.