Former Silverchair lead vocalist / guitarist Daniel Johns has taken to social media to comment on why music rights led to the removal of an Australian Story episode from iview.
Part I of the two part profile of former members Ben Gillies and Chris Joannou screened last week on ABC.
On Instagram Johns said his music company was first approached by ABC in August.
“I said to Sony and ABC that I would be open to approving all songs provided I received a copy of the book to ensure I wasn’t having my songs used to promote something I had no visibility on,” he wrote.
“I was told again that Ben & Chris would not give me a copy to read. That’s why the iView use was denied.
“(Leigh Sales) posted on Sept 12 that the Australian Story would not be available on iview due to ‘rights issues’, she later deleted this post and ABC proceeded to feature the story on iView without a license in place.
“Sony reached out to them to take it down, it took ABC 3 days to remove it at which point most people had already viewed the story.”
Part II screens tonight on ABC.