Filmed my daughter dancing on Lady Gaga, 7 years later: DMCA takedown

My daughter was 7 years old when she danced on a Lady Gaga song and asked me to film her. I uploaded it to Vimeo. Now 7 years later (!) the copyright owners have woken up and demanded a takedown. Here’s the email Vimeo has send me.

Dear Marco Raaphorst:
Your video titled “Puck danst op 07. Starstruck ft. Space Cowboy & Flo Rida van Lady GaGa” previously available at has been removed in response to a takedown notice submitted by International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) pursuant to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (“DMCA”).

Why did this happen?

We removed your video because a third party claims that your video infringes its copyright. The DMCA requires Vimeo to remove allegedly infringing content upon receipt of a valid takedown notice.

Who submitted this takedown?

The takedown notice was sent by:
Copyright Holder: International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI)
Address: Jeremy Banks Director, Internet Anti-Piracy International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) 3rd Floor 7 Air Street London W1B 5AD3 United Kingdom Email: Tel: +44 (0)20 7878 7900 Fax: +44 (0)20 7878 7950
Phone number: 44 (0)20 7878 7900
Email address:

This personal video was of course never meant to become populair and which it didn’t. It was only seen by a few of my relatives, friends and family members. A totally innocent video of my young daughter having a good time dancing. But copyright showed its ugly face.

I am a HUGE advocate for Creative Commons licenses which I am using since 2003, also for my professional work when I can. If the blues was copyrighted back in the day we wouldn’t have had jazz, soul, no modern music at all! Think about that! Long live creative freedom!

Also published on Medium.

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