In an e-mail message...Mr. Yankovic wrote that he had bleeped out the names to the file-sharing sites in his song...after MTV “told me that they would refuse to air my video” otherwise. “Instead of subtly removing or obscuring the words in the track,” he wrote, “I made the creative decision to bleep them out as obnoxiously as possible, so that there would be no mistake I was being censored.”
I'm surprised more people haven't pointed this out, MTV's censoring of the name of torrent-sharing websites has nothing to do with political correctness or that torrent sharing is "bad." It's in MTV's own interest to censor the names of those sites; as flyingkick pointed out they could be sued by the RIAA (although I doubt they would win considering the fact that we have free speech), but even if there were no lawsuit, it would cause a strain in MTV's relationship with big record companies and the musicians they represent.
I remember a few years ago, a comedian named Patrice O'Neil had a stand-up special on Comedy Central. This was around the time when that african american sniper was on the loose. He made a joke about it saying that after they found out he was black, you could Google the word sniper and find quote, "Nigga in a Buick".
The point and kicker being, Comedy Central actually cencored Buick because they didn't want the car company to think that they were associating them with that kind of behavior or the events that happened. As stupid as it sounds, Comedy Central was just playing it safe because people will find the smallest things to sue you over and will not hesitate to do so.
I am a music junkie and think that musicians should make some doe for the great music they create but I am not opposed to downloading free tunes. The consumer goods market has been raping us for years....I say free music is a great "middle finger" back. Just try going to a Coldplay, AC/DC or any other "hot" concert out there...have you seen what the ticket prices are?!?! It is complete price gouging.....just try and pay a reasonable price for a good ticket...its not going to happen.
MTV is a stupid channel, the stupidest on Earth, right along with E!. They censored out the word "drugs" in Nickelback's "Rockstar." I know that the network is aimed more at stupid teenagers, but what stupid teenager doesn't know what drugs are? Also, who says this: "That song said 'drugs,' I should go buy some crack so I can be cool!"?
Also there's the reverse psychology here. Stupid teenagers have a habit of doing bad rebellious things. If you tell a teenager that drugs are an UNSPEAKABLE NO-NO by censoring the word "drugs" then they'll wanna fukkin do drugs man!
PC birthed this overneeded and overbearing need to be overprotective of EVERYTHING (including speech). This is why MTV did what they did. Had they not someone seeking money would sue because they were advocating stealing music....even though it's just a song talking about it in a joking manner.
It doesn't have anything to do with PC-ness. MTV has a relationship with the big record companies who would lose revenue if more people downloaded music illegally.
MTV censored it because it's in their own financial best interest, not because they were trying to be politically correct or else people would sue. You can't sue somebody for being non-PC; even if MTV had aired the names of those sites, nobody would have grounds for a lawsuit because free speech is protected in this country. However, it would've pissed off the record companies on whose success MTV depends.
This is the same MTV that used to "pixel out" marijuana images while showing raping and killing. Do they even show videos anymore? How can they have an awards show without ever showing videos? MTV is lame.