BABY BROS. GOES TO HELL WITH THE TICKETS
RTE 1/30/2018 01:21:06 BABYS TEENAGE GIRLS are being accused of breaching copyright law after they were charged with stealing a song by an artist they have yet to meet.
The case of BABYY BROS (whose real name is Alex White) and his friends has been brought before the High Court, and he has been charged with breaching copyright by using copyrighted material without permission.
The duo were arrested on Tuesday, and have been charged under the Computer Misuse Act.
White, 18, and his friend Alex Jones, 19, both from Liverpool, are facing up to four years in jail and a fine of up to £100,000.
White and Jones, who also go by the stage name BABZZ, have not been charged and will appear at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on February 6.
The charges stem from a song they recorded called “TICKET”.
The trio were filming in the UK for the music video for the band’s new single, “Hands Free”.
When asked by police what the song was about, White replied, “I don’t know, but we’re trying to get some good music out of it.”
“The song was not a breach of copyright law,” said Detective Chief Inspector Dave Thompson of the Metropolitan Police’s Intellectual Property Crime Unit (IPCU).
“The fact that it was recorded in the United Kingdom was not the problem.
The problem was the use of the song in the film.”
In the song, which is entitled “Ticket to a Wonderland”, the pair play a child singing along to a tune and dance around the house in a costume.
The pair have not yet been identified, but the Metropolitan police said they were known to the public.
“The music video was released in November 2016, and it has since been viewed over a million times on YouTube, and been played in over 5 million venues worldwide,” the Metropolitan said.
“This music video is a major part of their global hit, ‘Hands-Free’ and is a favourite of many young people across the world.”
White and Jones are now charged with an offence which falls under the jurisdiction of the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS).
The CPS will be prosecuting the pair in respect of their breach of the copyright law.
“A CPS spokesperson said: “The CPS is working with our partners at the Metropolitan to investigate the case and to make a recommendation to the Crown.
“The CPS will not be providing any further comment at this stage.”
The CPS said it would continue to investigate copyright violations on the internet.
The Metropolitan said in a statement: “A video on YouTube was not copyright infringing and therefore there is no criminal liability for the defendants.
The police investigation is ongoing and the police investigation has identified no offences of copyright infringement or distribution of a work which was not authorised.”
White and the Joneses have not responded to requests for comment.
The CPS has said that it is “taking swift action” to prosecute those who infringe copyright laws, but that they have no plans to prosecute people for making music that is not copyright protected.
“CPS will be investigating the case in accordance with the Copyright Act and the CPS will consider any recommendations made by the investigation,” the statement read.