Earlier this week, ARTnews reported that, following a copyright claim from the distribution company Fremantle Media, Inc., Google had deleted Mark Leckey’s 1999 cult classic video Fiorucci Made Me Hardcore, which the artist had uploaded in 2011 and which had accrued more than 203,000 views. Today, however, the video has been put back online, Leckey told ARTnews, reporting that he had received a notification from the service to the the effect that the content claim had been “released.”
Leckey’s 15-minute video, which focuses on British nightlife during the 1970s, ’80s, and ’90s, was constructed entirely from appropriated footage, and the artist told ARTnews earlier this week that he wasn’t sure which part of the Fiorucci had caused the copyright claim. “The thing is, with Fiorucci, it’s never been legal—nothing’s cleared, never has been. I never intended it to be,” he said. “So I guess it’s more a surprise that it’s lasted this long, being this public.” (Requests for comment from Google, which owns YouTube, and Fremantle Media, Inc., went unanswered.)
Initially, when the video was deleted, so too went the comments viewers had left on it over the years. But now those have been reactivated, along with the work itself. They are viewable on YouTube, and Leckey’s video is embedded below.