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Chris Hadfield's David Bowie cover removed from the internet

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Former ISS captain Chris Hadfield’s cover of the David Bowie classic Space Oddity has been removed from YouTube for copyright reasons.

The recording was posted online on 13 May 2013 to mark the end of Hadfield’s five month stint in space.

But now…

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Yesterday Hadfield posted a warning on his Twitter page that there were only a few hours left for people to view the video.

 

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Bowie had given permission for the astronaut to publish his version of the song online, but only for one year. Hadfield was also given permission to alter the lyrics slightly.

The song is still available on countless other YouTube accounts and websites and, as Techdirt points out, there is the possibility that a fair use argument could be upheld as Hadfield’s version was non-commercial and transformative.

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