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Who really suffers in Michelle Phan’s YouTube copyright case?

  • Suzor, Nicolas P.
  • Angel, Eleanor
Publication Date
Jul 30, 2014
Queensland University of Technology ePrints Archive
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The latest case of a popular YouTube blogger being sued for using music by other artists in her videos without permission raises the question of who really benefits from the re-use of music. In a claim filed this month, the electronic dance music label Ultra Records allege that beauty blogger Michelle Phan’s videos infringe their copyrights in nearly 50 cases. Phan is a self-made internet star who began posting makeup and self-help tutorials on YouTube in 2007. She has more than 6.7 million subscribers on her YouTube channel and has made a career from the associated advertising and endorsement revenue, book deal and even her own line of makeup.

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