Open-source hardware company Adafruit has received a copyright notice for a 4th of July-themed YouTube video.
The video is simple to the point of ridiculous: it features a rotating Arduino processor in front of an American flag. That’s it. But music licensing company Rumblefish has claimed ownership of the song “America the Beautiful,” which played in the video.
The claim is a reach, to say the least, since the lyrics of America the Beautiful date to a 19th-century poem and have long since passed into the public domain. As for the recorded music, Adafruit used a recording from the United States Navy Band, making the media a product of the federal government that can’t be copyrighted.
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