Cat engages in copyright dispute with EMI

Two music rights companies have been engaging in a copyright dispute with a cat, who goes by the name of Phantom.

Following a video being posted online of Phantom engaged in an act of purring, YouTube flagged the video as potentially stolen, the video was locked, and no money paid to its owner.

The automatic system which flagged Phantom’s video is said to be similar to that used by YouTube to spot pornographic videos and it flagged Phantom’s purr as sound owned by EMI Recording and PRS.

Phantom’s human companion, who goes by the online name ‘Digihaven’, and who was responsible for posting the one hour loop of Phantom engaged in purring filed a dispute, and EMI has now lifted its claim to the video.