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Mausay Records Doesn't Own "Wololo" YouTube is wrong, Copyright Protection Not Available for Song Titles by Law

YouTube got it wrong by giving Mausay Records right on  copyright claim for song title called Wololo.  See

Babes Wodumo's debut track,Wololo, has been removed from YouTube due to a copyright claim by Mausay Media. This comes after Wololo reached 2 million views on YouTube just three months after the release of the video.

We contacted Cobus Burger, MD at Mausay Media, for comment regarding the copyright claim, who explained, "The copyright claim is against the title."

MausayRecords released the video for Wololo by Wyzle - produced by Bemshima - in December 2015.

After failed attempts to contact West Ink Records, the Media House notified YouTube.

"We then raised the issue with YouTube, who after an investigation, honoured our copyright claim."

Mausay Media specialises in the music entertainment industry as a Record Label and Publisher.

Song Titles

Let's take a quick look at understanding how copyright law works before making any decisions about its use on a t-shirt or bumper sticker. Copyright law provides exclusive protection to someone who creates an original work of authorship that is fixed in a tangible medium of expression. What does that mean to people who don't understand legalese?

It means that the thing you create must be:

Some type of creative expression (such as a painting or song) which is;
Sufficiently original and independently conceived by its creator that is;
In some permanently stored format so that it can be reproduced (such as a painting on canvas but not a design drawn in water which is only visible for a moment.)
Song titles generally don't fall within the protection of copyright law since most are not sufficiently original or independently conceived by the artist. Are phrases like "born to run" or "on the road again" sufficiently original so as to deserve legal protection? The few words in a song title may have been used many times before and should be able to be available for general use as a natural part of the English language.

Khabza Mkhize

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