Australians can no longer watch Michael Gudinski’s state funeral

Michael Gudinski spent his life championing Australian music, but now his fellow countrymen can’t even watch his state funeral on YouTube.

The memorial at Melbourne’s Rod Laver Arena was livestreamed via Mushroom Records’ official YouTube channel on Wednesday night, but now it’s been blocked in Australia on copyright grounds.

The event included performances from the likes of Kylie Minogue, Ed Sheeran and Jimmy Barnes, and it’s possible one of their songs caused the copyright issue. 

Blocked: Michael Gudinski spent his life championing Australian music, but now his fellow countrymen can’t even watch his state funeral on YouTube 

Shortly after the livestream ended, YouTube made it ‘unavailable’ to view in Australia.

An error message now reads: ‘Video unavailable. This video contains content from SME, who has blocked it in your country on copyright grounds.’

SME refers to Sony Music Entertainment, which is considered one of the ‘Big Three’ record companies, alongside Universal Music Group and Warner Music Group. 

'Video unavailable': The memorial was livestreamed via Mushroom Records' official YouTube channel on Wednesday, but now it's been blocked on copyright grounds

‘Video unavailable’: The memorial was livestreamed via Mushroom Records’ official YouTube channel on Wednesday, but now it’s been blocked on copyright grounds

Star-studded: The event included performances from the likes of Kylie Minogue (centre right) and Ed Sheeran (centre left), and it's possible one of their songs caused the copyright issue

Star-studded: The event included performances from the likes of Kylie Minogue (centre right) and Ed Sheeran (centre left), and it’s possible one of their songs caused the copyright issue

Advanced notice: Mushroom Records, the record company Gudinski founded in 1972, announced on Facebook earlier this week the memorial would only be livestreamed on YouTube and would not be available to watch afterwards

Advanced notice: Mushroom Records, the record company Gudinski founded in 1972, announced on Facebook earlier this week the memorial would only be livestreamed on YouTube and would not be available to watch afterwards

While many fans will be disappointed they can’t watch Gudinski’s memorial, the video’s removal was in fact planned. 

Mushroom Records, the record company Gudinski founded in 1972, announced on Facebook earlier this week the memorial would only be livestreamed on YouTube and would not be available to watch afterwards.

‘The State Memorial will be live streamed on YouTube – please note that the video will not be viewable once the event concludes,’ the company said. 

Daily Mail Australia has contacted Mushroom Records for comment. 

Daily Mail Australia understands Sony Music did not actively seek to take down the video, even though YouTube’s error message looks like a response to a copyright complaint. 

Not what it seems: Daily Mail Australia understands Sony Music did not seek to take down the video, even though YouTube's error message looks like a response to a copyright complaint

Not what it seems: Daily Mail Australia understands Sony Music did not seek to take down the video, even though YouTube’s error message looks like a response to a copyright complaint

Full house: On Wednesday, Kylie Minogue, Ed Sheeran and Jimmy Barnes took to the stage to pay tribute to Gudinski in front of a packed Rod Laver Arena

Full house: On Wednesday, Kylie Minogue, Ed Sheeran and Jimmy Barnes took to the stage to pay tribute to Gudinski in front of a packed Rod Laver Arena

In fact, the CEO of Sony Australia and New Zealand, Denis Handlin, paid tribute to Gudinski following his sudden death on March 2. 

‘Michael’s passion was breaking Australian artists and putting them on a world stage, and he had a proud history of success in doing so,’ Handlin said.

On Wednesday, Kylie Minogue, Ed Sheeran and Jimmy Barnes took to the stage to pay tribute to Gudinski in front of a packed Rod Laver Arena. 

Emotional: Ed Sheeran sang Castle on the Hill and later broke down in tears as he performed a new song, Visiting Hours, which is about his daughter, Lyra

Emotional: Ed Sheeran sang Castle on the Hill and later broke down in tears as he performed a new song, Visiting Hours, which is about his daughter, Lyra

Apologetic: The British singer, 30, was visibly emotional and at one point had to stop singing, before saying 'sorry' and returning to the microphone

Apologetic: The British singer, 30, was visibly emotional and at one point had to stop singing, before saying ‘sorry’ and returning to the microphone

Sheeran sang Castle on the Hill and later broke down in tears as he performed a new song, Visiting Hours, which is about his daughter, Lyra. 

The British singer, 30, was visibly emotional and at one point had to stop singing, before saying ‘sorry’ and returning to the microphone.

He told the audience beforehand: ‘I never get this nervous, I’m really f**king nervous. So apologies if I mess up the lyrics or anything.’

Creative: Sheeran revealed he'd penned Visiting Hours during his 14 days of mandatory quarantine upon arriving in Australia earlier in the month

Creative: Sheeran revealed he’d penned Visiting Hours during his 14 days of mandatory quarantine upon arriving in Australia earlier in the month 

Sheeran revealed he’d penned the song during his 14 days of mandatory quarantine upon arriving in Australia earlier in the month.

He said: ‘So I’m extremely, extremely grateful to be here. I know it’s a difficult thing to get into this country and I don’t take it for granted for all the hard work getting me here and I really, really just appreciated the opportunity to get here.

‘In lockdown I was able to have a guitar for quarantine I always find the best way to process stuff is to write songs, be it good news, bad news and here’s a song I finished last week.’

Sombre: Kyle Minogue also performed her 2010 hit All The Lovers as a duet with Sheeran

Sombre: Kyle Minogue also performed her 2010 hit All The Lovers as a duet with Sheeran

Visiting Hours is about Sheeran’s late grandfather Bill, who died in 2013, and how he would like to ask him for advice on raising his own child, who was born in August. 

Minogue also performed her 2010 hit All The Lovers as a duet with Sheeran.

‘Michael had long talked about his love for Ed and how we should meet, and now we finally have met properly,’ she said.

Dream team: Afterwards, they delivered on a rousing rendition of Kylie's 1987 hit The Loco-Motion - the song which kick-started her career

Dream team: Afterwards, they delivered on a rousing rendition of Kylie’s 1987 hit The Loco-Motion – the song which kick-started her career 

Afterwards, they delivered on a rousing rendition of Kylie’s 1987 hit The Loco-Motion – the song which kick-started her career. 

Gudinski, who was widely regarded as the ‘father of the Australian music industry’, died suddenly in Melbourne on March 2. He was 68.

He is survived by his wife Sue, children Matt and Kate, and two grandchildren.

Gone too soon: Gudinski (left), who was widely regarded as the 'father of the Australian music industry', died suddenly in Melbourne on March 2. He was 68

Gone too soon: Gudinski (left), who was widely regarded as the ‘father of the Australian music industry’, died suddenly in Melbourne on March 2. He was 68

He founded record company Mushroom Records at just 20 years of age. 

Gudinski went on to sign and launch the careers of local artists such as Kylie Minogue, who is now one of the biggest pop stars in the world.

In 1979, he established concert promoter Frontier Touring and stayed at its helm until his death.

Mushroom Group said in a statement at the time of Gudinski’s death: ‘It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of Michael Gudinski AM overnight.

‘The much-loved Australian music legend died peacefully in his sleep at his home in Melbourne, Australia. Michael Gudinski was a key figure in shaping the Australian music industry.’

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