Astronaut Chris Hadfield’s ‘Space Oddity’ Viral Vid Removed From YouTube Over Space Copyright Laws … Stay Classy, World

Want to watch one of the biggest viral videos of all time? Sorry, you can’t.

Astronaut Chris Hadfield became an internet icon with his cover of David Bowie’s “Space Oddity” aboard the International Space Station. It was unique, interesting, beautifully performed … and a possible copyright violation.

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See depending on which part of the space station the song was performed in, it is subject to the laws of that particular country. Multiple nations claim ownership of the International Space Station, so different laws are in effect, even 230 miles up in space. So there’s a good chance, depending on where in space the video was filmed, you might never get to see this footage again.

Hadfield himself removed the video from YouTube’s public rotation at midnight last night per an agreement with David Bowie that allowed the video to stay up for one year’s time.

Of course as this is the internet, nothing really stays gone forever. Numerous supporters of the footage (and fair use in general) have already pledged to make mirrors of the video to keep it running in perpetuity with or without David Bowie’s consent.

Ahh copyright laws in space. Damn this universe of ours.

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