A Los Angeles-based filmmaker and Frank Ocean fan, Brian Kinnes, recently received a cease-and-desist letter from AEG, the parent company of Coachella, after he uploaded a video of the singer’s entire headlining set on YouTube. Kinnes did not attend the festival and instead compiled the footage from hundreds of clips shared by fellow fans.
Despite AEG’s copyright claims and subsequent request to remove the video, Kinnes continued to distribute it to other fans via Dropbox and Google Drive. He argued that he wasn’t profiting from it and that his actions were based on the information that was already publicly available.
Although AEG claimed that Kinnes was using their intellectual property to trade on the festival’s name and reputation, Kinnes maintained that he wasn’t making any money from the video and had no intention of doing so.
AEG’s cease-and-desist letter demanded that Kinnes remove any reference to Coachella from his website and social media accounts, which he complied with. However, Kinnes believes that the video will continue to exist online despite AEG’s efforts to take it down.
This incident raises questions about the legality of sharing videos of live performances and the rights of fans to document and share their experiences. Regardless of the outcome, it seems that the Frank Ocean Coachella video will continue to circulate among fans online.