This one appears to involve either You Tube, the RIAA, the European Community, our Federal Government, or, more likely, all of those suspects.
I got an email sending me to You Tube to hear a vocalist sing the blues about religion being removed from Christmas, and afterwards, I noted several medleys of Christmas music on the "suggested" area in the right sidebar. I clicked on several, only to be greeted by a black screen with a message listing the usual suspect recording companies the RIAA always trots out in all of their whines about "intellectual property rights". Common Use trumps all of that legalbabble, as I understand the law. But the RIAA greases a lot of palms, and has since the 1950s, so now they're trying to lock down Christmas music.
Here's how you skin that cat: make the RIAA produce LEGAL, court-quality proof for every single instance where they claim to represent the interests of artists. Damn near every one of the composers of Christmas songs is dead, and if proof of an RIAA contract is not filed and recorded in all those dead songwriter's courts of Probate, then it legally doesn't exist, and the material reverts to Common Use.
The RIAA is a bunch of pirates sitting astride the music industry, nothing more. It's high time all those scalawags swung from the yardarm.