The Rolling Stones – Exile on Main Street part 2

This is my ‘reaction’ to the second record of the Rolling Stones’ album ‘Exile on Main Street’.

Let’s look at ‘fair use’… or ‘fair dealing’ as it is discussed in UK law with regards to a ‘reaction video’. First, let’s be fair here… the whole notion of a ‘reaction video’ is a relatively new concept and it is difficult for law-makers to evolve rules written for previous media. The definition of fair dealing will always be a matter of fact, degree and impression. Let’s examine the specific rules in UK law:

  1. Does my video affect the market for the original work? No. I talk over the music therefore no-one can ‘use’ my video as a direct replacement for the original work. It is not a substitute for it and it will not cause the owner to lose revenue. In fact it will likely increase revenue due to my ‘promotion’ of said work. Many have already stated they will buy albums due to my recommendations.
  2. Is the amount of the original work I have used reasonable and appropriate? Was it necessary to use the amount taken? ‘Reasonable’ is definitely subject to interpretation. I would argue that it is indeed appropriate to use the whole album when I am ‘reacting’ to the entire album. My reaction necessitates that I use the whole work. I am making comment on every aspect of the production from beginning to end. My videos constitute a thorough examination of the original work.
  3. Where it is necessary to ‘copy’ all of a work for the purposes of criticism or review you have to sufficiently acknowledge the work. I do this every step of the way. At no point will anyone be under the impression that I created the original work!

Furthermore, my additions to the original work are transformative in nature. My ‘voice-over’ transforms the audio into a critique which includes the original work but is now completely different from the original work. The visuals are intended to compliment the original work. The end result is a companion piece to the original work – a critique, reaction and review which would have been impossible in the era of the written word.



  1. Hey Mercurial, I’ve had a really long year going back to college and figuring out personal shit. I’m a guitarist and I discovered a love for Keith Richards over the last 2-3 years of my young 21 years. So I’m personally really grateful to see your reaction, I love your hip hop stuff since that’s what I’m growing up on. But as a guitarist watching you react to the great stones is truly a blessing. I am really thankful since this is one of my favorite albums alongside Kanye’s MBDTF (that you reacted to already). I hope you do more stones like sticky fingers by the stones next. Thank you and keep up the content man. I really really appreciate it. – Danny

    1. Im growing up in Houston, TX. so Travis Scott is one of my idols and I gravitate towards who influenced him which are the Kanye’s of the world. But the stones have place in my heart. Please keep reacting albums that inspire you and reflect hard work and artistry. You’re great bro. Though the singing can be quite funny

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