In May, the Ottawa Citizen published an op-ed from a university professor that began with an accusatory opening line: “David Bowie stole a piece of Canadian culture on Wednesday.”
It was dead wrong.
The piece claimed Bowie was personally responsible for having astronaut Chris Hadfield’s version of “Space Oddity” removed from YouTube. Professor Blayne Haggart wrote that “the world was only allowed to see the video because Bowie had granted Hadfield a one-year license to show it. On May 14, the license expired and Hadfield removed it from public view.”
Today, the paper apologized for the error. Turns out Bowie does not own the copyright for that song, and he in fact made efforts to try and get the owner to give the necessary permissions.
The apology reads in part:
One year later, the Citizen erroneously published that Mr. Bowie had granted the original licence but failed to renew the licence after one year.