New copyright laws affects talent show

Talent show in the Den brings more prospectors than it does performers


On Thursday, Sept. 27 at 8:00 p.m., Campus Activities & Engagement (CA&E) put on a talent show in The Den where any and all UW-Parkside students could come sign up to show off their talents to their fellow students and colleagues. CA&E also offered prizes to the first, second and third place winners in the talent show.


There was a fairly large turnout of people that came to see the event. However, the same could not be said about people actually participating in the event itself, as there were only seven people that actually performed in the talent show. The event was scheduled to run until 9:30 p.m. but ended before 9:00 p.m. due to lack of participants.

This turnout is a partial result to a change in copyright laws at UW-Parkside, and one of the things that was affected was the use of videos off of sites such as YouTube. In order to use them for more than two minutes, permission needs to be received in writing from the respective people involved. As a result of this, people were not able to do karaoke, which was something that was popular in talent shows of previous years. The first girl that performed was going to sing the song “Ave Maria, and was originally going to have an accompaniment in the background, but due to copyright had to do the performance acapella.

        Joshua Yonah won first place in the talent show, and his performance consisted of showing a music video that he made as well as dancing along to it with two guests he pulled from the audience. He described the song he wrote to be a parody and featured it in the background of the music video clips from the cartoon “Pokemon”.

        Hopefully with the upcoming talent shows that will take place at UW-Parkside people will still want to participate despite there being these new copyright laws in affect.

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