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Astronaut's Video Taken Down After Copyright Expires

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Astronaut's Video Taken Down After Copyright Expires

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Astronaut Chris Hadfield covered David Bowie's "Space Oddity" while he was in space. In the copyright agreement, Bowie said the YouTube video could stay up a year. The year ended at midnight.

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

And today's last word in business is: Legal Oddity.

Of the many things astronaut Chris Hadfield did during his time on the International Space Station last year, his video version of David Bowie's hit song, "Space Oddity" gained the most attention.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "SPACE ODDITY")

CHRIS HADFIELD: Ten, nine - (Singing) Ground control to Major Tom. Eight, seven, six - (Singing) Commencing countdown engines on...

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

The video of commander Hadfield's singing while floating in his tan can, went viral.

(LAUGHTER)

INSKEEP: But before filming it, Hadfield had to negotiate copyright terms with David Bowie. Yes, copyright extends to space.

MONTAGNE: Bowie OK'd the plan, but only if the video was removed from YouTube after one year, which came at midnight last night. The video is now gone. Can you hear me, Major Tom?

And that's the business news on MORNING EDITION, from NPR News. I'm Renee Montagne.

INSKEEP: And I'm Steve Inskeep.

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