One of the little publicized icons of the war on terror are the music
videos made by the troops. These are basically video material taken by the
troops (some of it combat actions), with the music track coming, usually, from
a current pop hit. Actually, a lot of the music vids use heavy metal tracks,
which have their fans, but are rarely in the top 40, or rap tracks, which often
are. Before YouTube came along, these military music videos (MMVs), were passed
around the Internet, first among the troops themselves, and eventually leaking
out to civilians. But in the last few years, especially because of YouTube, and
many other sites that host videos, MMVs have been getting a lot more exposure.
There's one problem, however, most MMVs are illegal. The creators of MMVs
rarely have permission to use the music. Common sense has largely prevailed
among the music publishers, and they have not made a big deal of this.
Certainly no one is trying to hunt down and sue the troops who made the videos
(and the authors often identify themselves, or at least their unit, in the
recruiters are big fans of MMVs, and are urging their superiors to copy the
look and feel of MMVs for recruiting commercials. The recruiters would like to
see the brass get behind the MMVs, and perhaps even try to get some of them
made legal (with the music publishers), and get them more exposure. Meanwhile,
the outlaw MMVs are doing just fine, and they are all over the place.