Janet Jackson is setting the record straight.
Jackson’s legal team has been hunting fan accounts on social media who’ve uploaded clips from her Unbreakable tour. Some fans simply had the videos removed, other’s were kicked off the sites entirely and unable to regain access.
BreatheHeavy.com was one of those targets on our Instagram and Twitter accounts as well.
Fans received a complaint saying “a third party reported that the content violates their copyright.”
Instagram claims it’s not a deliberate move, saying “We have identified a bug that resulted in the removal of accounts that shouldn’t have been removed,” a spokesperson for the company said. “We have fixed the bug and are in the process of restoring the impacted accounts.”
Even recently, Seven Aurelius, the producer behind the recently leaked S.E.X.L.I.N.E.S. song, says his YouTube and SoundCloud accounts were removed due to copyright infringement. Jackson’s team denied she was even the one singing the song.
“Miss Jackson has no interest in being associated with this song since she did not write it, produce it or perform in it. It is a hoax,” they said.
If it was a hoax, why go to such great lengths to remove the song?
It’s gotten a little out of control, and Jackson is addressing it. She posted a message on TwitLonger, saying:
Hey you guys, I have been listening…
I love and appreciate my fans. I want you to know that I enjoy watching short video clips of how you are Burning It Up at the Unbreakable shows. Please keep posting them.
My team is passionate about protecting the intellectual property we are creating for the tour and possible future projects. It was never their intention, acting on my behalf, to have social media accounts removed. Permitting the use of long clips does present a contractual problem for these projects. I hope you understand. I trust the fans will use their short recordings for their own memories and to share on their social media networks of choice.
I have asked my team to change their approach and allow you to engage socially with these videos.
I know I wouldn’t be here without the love I stand on.
Bravo! A brilliant move by someone who’s an old school music veteran performing in the digital age.