Astronaut Chris Hadfield’s Space Oddity is back online – hurrah!
Good news for fans of awe-inspiring music videos. Commander Hadfield’s Bowie cover is BACK!
Remember Canadian Astronaut Commander Chris Hadfield, who wowed us all last year with his music video shot aboard the International Space Station? The cover of David Bowie’s Space Oddity was pulled from YouTube after a year because of an agreement over copyright with David Bowie’s people.
At the time, we pointed out how absolutely maddening it was thanks to ridiculous copyright laws. The cover though is now back online after the legal hassle has been worked through. Writing on his website, Hadfield himself says:
“This sequence wasn’t anyone’s fault. The day we took the video down we started to work again to get permission to get it re-posted. But the legal process is careful and exacting, and thus takes time. Despite countless on-line expressions of frustration and desire, it wasn’t anyone’s ill-will or jealousy that kept this version of Oddity off YouTube. It was merely the natural consequence of due process.”
So that’s great news – let’s hope they can eventually reach an agreement to keep it online indefinitely.
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Actually, it would seem that it’s not in David Bowie’s power to grant the relevant rights for this particular song: http://ottawacitizen.com/news/national/apology-to-david-bowie