Singing In The Shower Not As Much Fun

If you've ever belted out that you're "bringing sexy back" as you grooved to Justin Timberlake in your car ... stop a minute, and consider how you'd feel if tens of thousands of strangers saw it. How do you control your image when it goes viral, and the giggling hobgoblins of YouTube have it in their grip? Has this ever happened to you? Who owns your image on the web?

(For the record, the producers of NPR's Talk of the Nation deny that they have now, or ever have had, an opinion on whether or not JT has actually brought sexy back. Nor have they ever sung along to said track. More than twice.)

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Numa Numa, baby!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=60og9gwKh1o

I love these glimpses of people when they are going for broke, no matter how good or bad they are.

Sent by ironic1 | 2:59 PM | 3-5-2007

As you're broadcasting this, someone is building a snowman in Yosemite -- in front of a webcam. Do he know they're being broadcast to the world?
http://www.yosemite.org/vryos/sentinel.jpg

Sent by Nancy | 3:12 PM | 3-5-2007

Did the Star Wars kid win his law suit?

Sent by Scott | 3:20 PM | 3-5-2007

I have to confess that I immediately went and looked at Star Wars Kid on Youtube. Maybe it's because I'm not an adolescent, but I think it's cool that he's throwing himself into his fantasy.

Sent by Teresa | 3:23 PM | 3-5-2007

I wonder if this is a Napster waiting to happen. People own their image. Except for valid journalistic reasons, use of it for profit (which would mean webcast by Youtube.com) requires a model release.

Sent by Philip S. Moore | 3:31 PM | 3-5-2007

it makes me think of the Simpsons episode where Homer was accused of sexual harassment. He was eventually exonerated when Willy brought forward a videotape. Willy's response was "when you videotape people [in the US] youre considered a pervert. But everyone is Scotland does it."

now everyone does it in the US too.

Sent by vantonni | 3:33 PM | 3-5-2007

I remember being so relieved as an adolescent to find out there was no "permanent record."
I feel sorry for today's kids that those moments really won't go away.

Sent by Todd | 3:42 PM | 3-5-2007

I'd love to see a clip of the guy who sang "Banana Split, Banana Split" to the TOTN theme. Every time I hear the music, I hear him too; darn him!

Sent by Scot Mesner | 3:56 PM | 3-5-2007

did the star wars kid really have 900 million view or is my dads hearing just bad

Sent by charles | 10:30 PM | 3-5-2007

I watched the Star Wars Kid with my 11 year old son. While he shouted "what a nerd", I wondered why people would download it 9 billion times. I agree with Teresa, it must be an adolescent thing.

Sent by Gina Yribe | 10:36 PM | 3-5-2007

In the somebody's vs. nobody's category, Jesse(thebody) Ventura copyrighted his body. At least the image of it. I was wondering what if......we all copyrighted our body's image, without any of that "who do you think you are" star line that always keeps people in their rightful places. Would'nt that kinda freak the average U Tuber out, or the government or anybody for that matter? If Jesse did it,I believe anybody can do it, just to prove a point.

Sent by Kimberly Macher | 2:53 PM | 3-7-2007

I only found books registered to Jesse Ventura in the copyright office (loc.gov). He would be able to register a picture or sculpture of himself, but that would provide no protection for the subject matter(his body), just the particular recreation.

Sent by Chris Foster | 2:25 PM | 3-20-2007

Can my employer force me to post my picture on the company internet site to promote the business?

Sent by F. Green | 2:34 AM | 4-4-2007