So the NFL has taken down all online videos of Jennifer Hudson singing the National Anthem (including the one I shared earlier) “due to a copyright claim.”
Now, it turns out that while the song is in the public domain, a performance can be copyrighted… but if that’s the case, why not make a non-YouTube/non-shareable version of the song available perhaps on NBC.com, Hulu.com, or NFL.com? Right now, NFL.com makes a video of Kurt Warner visiting the Biggest Loser available and Hulu has all of the Super Bowl ads, but there’s no legal way to obtain a video of the National Anthem. Really?
Anyway, if you missed it, I’m sorry. I’m further sorry that the NFL is so unpatriotic that they can’t share a spectacular version of our National Anthem with the American people.
I’m so glad it’s baseball season…
UPDATE: The number of errors that were in this original post were kind of crazy, I didn’t type half of what I meant to say originally. Anyway, they’ve been fixed, and yes, thank you, Mike, for pointing out the copyright claim in the first place.