Gawker have managed to keep an active video uploaded of previously unreleased footage of The Beastie Boys performing on The Chappelle Show.
According to Gawker and other reports, the clip was originally uploaded by Neal Brennan, who was the co-creator of the Chappelle Show. The footage comes from the third season of The Chappelle Show, which unfortunately never aired.
The video didn’t stay up for long, however, with Arts Beat reporting that the clip was pulled down Monday after complaints from Viacom Inc.
Spokesperson for the media company, Jeremy Zweig said the clip was pulled down due to legal implications.
“The performance had been posted by Neal Brennan, a comedian who was the co-creator of the Comedy Central series ‘Chappelle’s Show’. Mr. Brennan released the video on his own YouTube channel in honour of Adam Yauch, a member of the seminal hip hop trio who died on Friday. The segment had been originally taped for the third season of Dave Chappelle’s show, but the program was cancelled before it aired”, Mr Zweig said.
“Since the episode was never broadcast, Comedy Central never paid the Beastie Boys’ record label for the rights to the songs. So when Viacom, which owns Comedy Central and has been in a long-running legal dispute with YouTube, discovered Mr. Brennan had put the video online, the company had a legal obligation to ask the video be taken down”, he said.
“On Monday afternoon, Viacom officials had contacted officials at EMI Music to try to work out an agreement that would allow the performance to be released. “We’re working to quickly sort out those rights so that it can be seen”, he said.
The video has hence become a little tricky, though not impossible to find. As perviously mentioned, Gawker still has an active clip as does Music Feeds.
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