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Random bits of my life

Video: Jerusalem Knights in the Old City

Posted by Avital Pinnick on November 7, 2012

This short video shows the Venetian instrumental trio and a couple “medieval-style” dances. The crowd was so dense around Jaffa Gate that the best vantage I could get was on the far left, behind the dancers.

The Venetian musicians were very good. It’s such a pity that they were positioned on the far side of the Christian Quarter, in a narrow alley that made it impossible to stop to watch them from the front. That’s why I’m also on the far left of that group as well.

By the way, this video is currently under dispute. Lately, YouTube has begun flagging videos with recorded music (in this case, Tanzila, used for one of the dances) and claiming copyright violation. This will happen even if the music is incidental and in the background, as for example, in my video of a Torah Scroll dedication. I disputed the claim on the grounds that the music segment was short, that the music was incidental to the dancing, and that the recording in no way damaged the interests of the copyright holders.

You might find this resource useful if you ever find yourself in this situation: Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Online Video. If you routinely upload videos to YouTube, it’s a good idea to familiarize yourself with the definitions of “fair use.”

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