BBC kicks secular “Songs of Praise” off YouTube
The tracks in question are called ‘Dreadnought Seaman’s Hospital’ and ‘Blues Is Calling Me’. Says Jenkins,
It’s hilarious – our national broadcast company not only considers the name of a television programme to be their exclusive copyright even when used in other contexts, such as, in this case, six musicians performing their own secular musical songs of praise – but also deceive those believers they make religious programmes for by pre-recording what are considered ‘sacred’ days sometimes months ahead of their actual date which, were I believer, I too would consider an ‘infringement of copyright’.
Jenkins made the pages of The Freethinker in 2002 when his 2002 ‘secular gospel’ CD Life was denied airplay on BBC Radio 2 apparently because the presenter on the only nationally broadcast blues programme is a born again Christian.
You can hear samples of his music on the Songs of Praise MySpace page.
UPDATE: It was all a mistake! The BBC has apologised. Their lawyer writes:
It recently came to the BBC’s attention that a great deal of footage from the BBC’s “Songs of Praise” programme is being made available on Youtube in breach of copyright. It appears that, in dealing with the high volume of BBC “Songs of Praise” content on Youtube, your legitimate content may have been accidentally flagged for removal. I can assure you that the BBC makes every effort to ensure that only infringing content is flagged and there was no intention to remove your legitimate clips.
(Thanks to Billy Jenkins in the comments)