Doesn't matter if you’re a worldwide celebrity or an average Jane—violate YouTube’s rules and your account gets suspended.
That’s what Lady Gaga’s fans learned today (July 14) after visiting her official YouTube page only to find the account inactive “due to multiple or severe violations of YouTube’s Copyright Policy.” According to MTV, Time Out Tokyo reported the reason being due to posted footage of a recent performance she did for Japan’s “SMAP x SMAP” on Fuji TV that didn’t have digital rights secured beforehand.
From MTV: “The widely-circulated video of the 10-minute performance in which Gaga sang a medley of songs from Born This Way resulted in a takedown request from Media Interactive Inc. on Tuesday. The video features Gaga performing on a fog-enshrouded set with the popular Japanese boy band SMAP, and the issue appears to involve Gaga's failure to secure the digital rights to display their performance on her YouTube account.”
And it’s a bummer, being that Mother Monster seemed pretty excited about the performance just a week prior. “My performance+cooking show appearance on SMAP SMAP is airing now in Japan,” she tweeted Monday, July 11. “Tonight running around Sydney in my OXFORDs.”
Gaga and YouTube have yet to share their comments. — Stephanie Long