Lady Gaga's YouTube Account Suspended for Copyright Violation
Although Lady Gaga's videos have racked up more than a billion views on YouTube, even the site's reigning queen can violate its copyright policy.
People going to Gaga's YouTube channel on Thursday were greeted by a message saying: "This account has been suspended due to multiple or severe violations of YouTube's Copyright Policy."
According to Time Out Tokyo, the account was suspended because it hosted footage from Gaga's recent appearance on the Japan's Fuji TV show "SMAP x SMAP." The 10-minute performance finds Gaga performing a medley of songs from "Born This Way," laced with "Japan-themed ad-libs," according to the report, and was taken down overnight on July 12 following a copyright-infringement claim from Media Interactive, Inc.
Only Gaga's official YouTube channel has been suspended. Her Vevo channel, also available at YouTube, is active.
On July 11, Gaga tweeted from Australia: "My performance+cooking show appearance on SMAP SMAP is airing now in Japan. Kawaii Monsters! Tonight running around Sydney in my OXFORDs. X."
According to MTV News, the video -- which had been removed from many sites by Thursday morning -- features Gaga performing with the popular Japanese boy band SMAP, who join her dancers and sing some backing vocals. She sings "The Edge of Glory" before taking to a piano placed in a large hand sculpture to perform solo versions of "You and I" and "Born This Way."