California cops play Disney tunes from Toy Story, Mulan and Encanto outside homes

Cops investigated for blasting DISNEY songs out of their cruiser in a quiet neighborhood in an attempt to use music copyright infringement to stop videos of them going viral

  • Santa Ana, Calif. Cops Played Toy Story, Mulan, and Encanto Classics
  • The officer pumped the tracks so people couldn’t download them due to copyright
  • They played ‘You got a friend in me, we don’t talk about Bruno around 11 p.m.
  • Residents, many of whom were sleeping or preparing to go to bed, were left furious

Cops were caught blasting Disney songs late at night to try and stop people from recording their busts and posting them on social media.

Officers in Santa Ana, Calif., streamed Toy Story, Mulan, and Encanto classics so people couldn’t download them for copyright reasons.

They played ‘You’ve Got a Friend in Me, We Don’t Talk About Bruno and Reflection around 11 p.m.

Residents, many of whom were sleeping or getting ready to go to bed, were furious and a town councilor vowed to ban the practice.

The tactic has been used by police forces to prevent their arrests from being recorded and pasted online due to copyrighted songs.

Officers in Santa Ana, Calif., streamed Toy Story, Mulan and Encanto classics so people couldn’t download them for copyright reasons

What are the rules on uploading video with music and how do the cops capitalize?

Creators can’t upload videos that contain music they don’t own the copyright to. This means artists’ work cannot be scammed on social media or streaming sites and ensures they get paid for their work.

YouTube says, “Creators should only upload videos they created or have permission to use.” This means that they should not upload videos that they did not create or use content in their videos that someone else owns the copyright to, such as music tracks, snippets copyrighted programs or videos made by other users, without the necessary permissions.

Police officers have been caught across the United States playing music during arrests or dealing with protesters in a bid to keep their exchanges off social media sites. If the website notices footage of the police interacting with the public featuring a song by a famous artist, they’ll likely remove it because the person sharing the clip doesn’t have copyright approval.

But the move appears to have backfired, with the cops still playing music online. The reason for this is unclear, but it may be due to a “fair use” agreement, which is made on a case-by-case basis.

YouTube’s rules add, “Fair use is a US law that permits the reuse of copyrighted material in certain circumstances without obtaining permission from the copyright owner. However, fair use is determined on a case-by-case basis, and different countries have different rules about when it is acceptable to use material without permission from the copyright holder. In the United States, commentary, criticism, research, teaching, or reporting may be considered fair use, but that may depend on the situation.

In one instance, cops in Oakland, Calif., blasted Taylor Swift’s 2014 song Blank Space in June as they clashed with activists.

Despite this ruling, footage of the police on both occasions remains on YouTube and other social media sites.

Santa Ana Police Department officers were the last to deploy the method on April 4.

A cruiser pulled up on the street around 11 p.m. and started screaming Un Poco Loco from Disney’s 2017 film Coco before switching to You’ve Got A Friend In Me.

The cameraman asked, “Do you get paid to listen to music?”

Meanwhile, Santa Ana City Councilman Johnathan Hernandez asked, “Why are you playing Disney music?” He added: “Do you live here?

The officer replied, “No, I don’t know sir.” Hernandez added, “Well, maybe you should treat us with respect.” The officer apologized.

The video of the exchange was posted on the Santa Ana Audits YouTube channel, which monitors police interactions with the public, and has more than 45,000 views.

Santa Ana Police Chief David Valentin said his forces are investigating the circumstances of the clip.

He said, “I expect all police service employees to perform their duties with dignity and respect in the community for which we are hired.”

But Hernandez said he thought it meant officers were trying to keep the clip off social media.

He said: “I am embarrassed that this is how you treat my neighbours. There are children here.

He added to the Post: “If you work for the public and there are a lot of people recording you telling you to turn it off, why wouldn’t anyone in their right mind stop that?”

In June, the same tactic was deployed by Oakland police in front of the Alameda Courthouse as they played a song.

An officer, identified as Sgt David Shelby, asked protester James Burch to move a banner before playing the music on his phone as people started recording.

They played 'You've Got a Friend in Me, We Don't Talk About Bruno and Reflection around 11 p.m.

They played ‘You’ve Got a Friend in Me, We Don’t Talk About Bruno and Reflection around 11 p.m.