A teen band confronts issues of online information, plagiarism, copyright and filesharing.
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# We were good
# So good
# I thought you'd always be... #
Just three average kids with a dream.
They want to be cool, rich and famous
and there's one good way they're going to do that - the internet.
But there's all kinds of stuff going on there. Some good, some bad.
That's where I come in - ID Muckford, internet detective.
# Love was a lie you told Why did you lose your hold of me? #
Yes, listen up, you guys.
We got it.
Rick Mason of Lemon Studios says he'll record us
and maybe get us a record deal.
That's great, Jez. How did you meet Rick Mason?
I found him on the net. Mailed him one of our tracks.
Told him the [email protected] were going places.
Yeah, I just checked out Lemon Studios.
Wow, great website, and there's a quote.
Says, "Rick Mason's one of the top music producers."
Maybe, but did you spot that?
No-one's actually met Rick Mason.
Just a name on a screen, found at random.
Rick Mason's studios have moved?
But...it was on the website.
The information's obviously out of date. We're going to be late.
OK, OK, I'll check it out again.
That's right, Amy, check it again.
I get the feeling that Amy's going to be checking out
a whole load of stuff before the day's over.
# Delete, delete, delete
# How could you delete me
# So easily. #
Great stuff, guys. I reckon I can get you a deal with that.
But...we're going to need to do a little business of our own first.
We haven't discussed my fee.
£1,000 just to record one track?!
Rick Mason knows what he's doing. He's our only chance.
I don't know, there's something about that guy.
I'll do some research, see what I can find out.
OK, I found out all we need to know about Rick Mason.
Just take a look at this.
He's a crook!
He has already stolen money from three other bands.
That's just chatroom gossip, Amy.
Anyone can say anything on the internet.
Remember you found the wrong address on the web?
If that was wrong, then this could be wrong too.
OK, Jez, I should have double checked everything before,
which is exactly what I did this morning. Look!
He was put in prison for stealing from young bands,
so they closed down his studio, but when he came out of prison this year
he opened another one, Lemon Studios.
Which means, guys, we don't give him any money,
but we don't have a record deal.
The band should be happy,
they just saved themselves a cool thousand big ones.
But right now, all they know is that they've missed out
on their chance of fame and fortune.
I don't think they're going to quit so easily,
but neither is that guy, Rick.
These guys, the [email protected], are hungry for the big time
and Amy has spotted their chance - the Battle of the Bands.
The winner gets a real recording contract
and it's being streamed live on the net.
Could be their big break.
Local bands with original material.
But we don't have any songs of our own.
What about this?
# I was blue, till I met you But now we are through. #
No, Jez, they want original, not embarrassing.
I think I might have something.
# Look at my face, sugar What do you see?
# Nothing at all of who I used to be
# Got a one-man show
# That don't include me. #
I think this is what Max was trying to do.
# Look at my face, sugar # What do you see?
# Nothing at all... #
The battle is on, but that song...
Something doesn't quite add up.
OK, guys, give it all you got.
Your song's a winner. Best version of it I've ever heard.
You said you wrote it.
'Ladies and gentlemen,
'The [email protected]!'
# Made like I got a one-way ticket... #
Did you catch that?
He's heard the song before.
So the question is, whose song are they playing?
# Oh, your guarantees
# Oh, your pretty please
# Oh, were wrong for me
# So kiss and tell me goodbye. #
'The judges have reached a decision.
'The winner of this year's Battle of the Bands is...
'The [email protected]!'
Thieves! They've stolen my work. I wrote the words of that song.
That's crazy. This is our song, isn't it, guys?
We made up the music ourselves.
Who cares about the music? I wrote those words.
The words were on the net.
It's not stealing, is it? Anyway, I changed some of the words.
That's Lorna Lovett. Used to be a big star.
That song, she wrote the words.
There's an ugly word for what Max did - plagiarism.
When anyone copies someone else's words
and pretends the words are theirs, it's not borrowing, it's theft.
Poor guy, Max didn't know.
Now the band's disqualified, he's gone from hero to zero.
Sorry, everyone. I was trying to help.
Oh, no. The scary lady.
Lorna, we're so sorry.
Sorry about using your words without asking.
And so you should be and you'll pay for it.
Down to business. After the show, I played your song all night
and you know what? I like it. No, I LOVE it!
My record company wants us to do a deal.
A deal? Why not?
The band wrote the music, Lorna wrote the words.
They can record the song, release the single.
Lorna gets 20% and a little bit of what she really wants - recognition.
Kiss And Tell Me Goodbye.
Words by Lorna Lovett, music by The [email protected]
Our first record. We're on our way!
What do you think?
That's so us!
Let's hope the record company likes it.
Our own merchandising, I can't wait to see it.
I never thought I'd say this, Max, but you actually look cool.
Hey, we're going to be famous.
We've got to see some records first. Back to rehearsals.
OK, but let's celebrate later. A slap-up pizza for lunch?
-Here's to the [email protected]!
The [email protected]? Oh, it's you!
Sorry, I'm Zoe. Hi.
Hey, that's our new logo.
Yeah, it's really cool. Bought it yesterday.
-Huh? Where from?
-Down at Mason's market stall.
Hmm, the [email protected]'s merchandise isn't on sale yet.
He's using the logo we designed to sell his rubbish clothes.
And none of the money will come to us.
Our beautiful logo on this...thing.
With our logo all over it? It's a rip-off.
OK. Guys, back to base. We've got to sort this out.
Lorna, he's stolen the logo that we designed.
You were a big star, did this ever happen to you?
Yes, crooks made money using my logo and I didn't get a penny.
So, what can we do?
Fight back and fight hard.
But what with?
This is what they're going to need. It's the copyright sign.
With this, you can say to the world,
this name, this logo, this brand, whatever it is,
is mine and if you want to use it, you have to do two things.
Ask me, and if I agree, pay me.
It's great protection, look out for it.
Your record company should have put your copyright on everything.
KNOCK AT DOOR
Sorry, guys, but I think you should see this.
[email protected] stuff in the market, you were right, it's rubbish!
Yeah, Rick Mason stole our copyright, his stuff is copywrong.
Zoe, you're a true fan, you deserve the real thing.
Tell your friends it pays to get the real thing.
That way, we get paid and you get the good stuff.
So, what about that Rick guy?
He's in trouble, using the logo the [email protected] designed
without asking them or paying them a penny.
He thinks the best thing he can do is hide it all.
But maybe it's just a little too late.
# Some place that's new. #
The [email protected] have hit the big time. They're touring, they're famous.
But weren't they looking for fame and fortune?
What happened to that fortune?
Guys, take a look at this.
Bad news, the band is broke.
Our sales, look.
Down, down and down.
But the [email protected] are really popular.
If we don't get money from somewhere, the [email protected] are finished.
I know, guys, I'll sell my new drum kit.
That's crazy, Max. We need you and your drums.
Let's ask the people who know about this stuff.
How can I see your CDs, or anyone else's,
when everyone is downloading?
Downloading? I love it. I buy all my music that way.
If your fans were buying your music by downloading,
-you'd still be making money.
-But we're not,
so what's going on?
Amy, Jez, Max - the [email protected]! Woah!
I hope you're here to buy some of our music?
Buy? You're kidding, no-one buys your music.
[email protected] fans get it for free.
You haven't heard of [email protected]@x?
-It's got all your music shared with everyone.
You mean some crook is stealing our music?
Jez calls it stealing but fans call it sharing.
Um...maybe you should meet a good friend of mine.
Meet Lucy, she runs [email protected]@x.
I can't believe you [email protected] are here in my studio, I'm your biggest fan!
Yeah, she's a real fan. So, what's the problem?
True, she's a genuine fan.
She loves the [email protected] music so much, she wants everyone to hear it, so...
she lets people download it from her computer for nothing.
It's called file sharing,
and sharing's good, right?
Well, it's not so simple.
Lucy, if you give our tracks away, then our fans won't buy them
and then there'll be no new CDs...
no [email protected] stuff to buy...
and, in the end, no band.
No [email protected]? That's terrible!
No music? I never realised!
Let's work together on this. We must get the fans to understand.
We need a message. Something catchy and clear.
OK, leave it with me.
Lucy didn't let them down,
she stopped giving the [email protected] music away
and she came up with quite a snappy slogan.
What do you do, guys?
AUDIENCE: Pay for what you play! Pay for what you play!
Pay for what you play! Pay for what you play!
# And take it, break it down... #
Good news for the [email protected],
sales are climbing,
the tour's going well,
and there's more [email protected] music on its way.
# Pay for what you play! #
See you around.
Subtitles by Red Bee Media Ltd
E-mail [email protected]
In this animation with specially written pop songs, Amy, Jez and Max are members of a teen band. On the rocky road to fame and fortune they come up against issues of unreliable online information, plagiarism, copyright and illegal file sharing. Internet Detective Muttford looks on and offers wise words about negotiating the online world.
Aimed at Key Stage 2, 8 - 11 year olds.