[Update] The Blind Eyes: Unwitting Soundtrack to Yokohama's LA Auto Show Promotions

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Update, 3:23 p.m. As at least one of you noted, the videos have now been made private. And in the interest of clarification: The band was in fact offered credit and a link in the description of the original videos, and while its members feelings probably didn't reach the point of litigiousness, they weren't all shrugs about the situation either. The Blind Eyes official Facebook page (where we saw this to begin with) presented the videos with the following comment: "The Blind Eyes and Yokohama: partnering for a better, and apparently royalty-free tomorrow."

Original post follows.

The Blind Eyes, it turns out, have some fans in LA. At least one of those fans also happens to work at an ad agency, and so it came to pass that the Best Pop Band in St. Louis became the soundtrack to Yokohama's YouTube promo tour of the LA Auto Show. Which is great, because the 102 people who watched them got a surprise dose of masterful song-craft. What is less great is that the members of the Blind Eyes were also surprised to hear their songs playing over shots of the Yokohama logo. And last we checked, it is just about as free to create music as it is to create tires, which is not at all.

Still, the members the band aren't getting too wound up over it. "It's all fine," says drummer Matt Picker. "I mean, it's free press. If it were a cigarette company or something, I might feel differently."

Listen, Yokohama. It's not too late to make amends. Blind Eyes front man Seth Porter just made an addition to his Christmas list: "Could I at least get some 22" Yokohamas for my Corolla?"

Watch the offending videos below.

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Kschneiderstl
Kschneiderstl

I'd like to clear up something here. While we had no idea these videos existed until after they were completed and posted to youtube, I did give a copy of our CD to the person who made them. In lieu of payment for the CD, I offered the offhand suggestion that she - I believe my exact words were "put a song in a commercial or something". I admit I wasn't really expecting that to happen, and I assumed if it became a possibility we would receive further notice and would discuss the situation more fully as a band before proceeding (or choosing not to proceed). But all in all, I wasn't exactly "unwitting" and I know she was just trying to support us and put some decent music in her promos.

Kevin from the Blind Eyes

Kiernan Maletsky
Kiernan Maletsky

Please note the update above reflecting changes and any possible confusion about the Blind Eyes' official stance on this.

Mattwicks
Mattwicks

Update as of 3:03 PM CST - all the videos have been made private / pulled down.

ADULT FUR
ADULT FUR

it's not free exposure.  it's not any exposure.  they don't mention the band's name anywhere in any of the videos.  it's possibly slightly flattering to someone in the band, but it's theft, nonetheless.  go and claim what is rightfully yours, Blind Eyes.

Brian
Brian

That is wack.  Why should they get to use your stuff for free? 

Badbrainz
Badbrainz

No big deal?  I'd be trying to get paid, fellas.  It's an unlicensed use of your music in an AD CAMPAIGN.  They are making big bucks off of it, and you should be compensated for their use of your music.  If not, you cheapen the work of other artists.

Theblindeyes
Theblindeyes

We are actually credited and linked in the Youtube description on each of those videos, if you actually go to Youtube to watch it. But we hear you on that for sure.

ADULT FUR
ADULT FUR

i recently saw a track i made in a movie about SNOW BOARDING.  did i get mentioned or paid? no.  did they ask for permission? no.  is that a big deal? yes.

ADULT FUR
ADULT FUR

i guess that's better than nothing, eh? supreme bummer, though.  guess it's time to sign up for the ol' ASCAP...

Brian
Brian

So they gave you credit, but never bothered to ask permission? 

John M.
John M.

It links to their Facebook page but where's "The Blind Eyes and Yokohama: partnering for a better, and apparently royalty-free tomorrow." ???

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