random quotes ... to amuse, inspire, enrage:
  I see anarchism as the theoretical ideal to which we are all gradually evolving to a point where everybody can tell the truth to everybody else and nobody can get punished for it. That can only happen without hierarchy and without people having the authority to punish other people.

tagged: anarchism, freedom, coercion, speech
  —Robert Anton Wilson

happy birthday is free after all

Wednesday, May 7th, 2008

According to Robert Brauneis’ new paper, “Copyright and the World’s Most Popular Song”, the song “Happy Birthday To You” — long held as an example by us copyright reformists — is most likely not copyrighted after all, due to the tortuous path of ownership and failure to re-register.[linked from patry copyright blog] See also the […]

DRM litigation bait

Wednesday, April 30th, 2008

Surely some enterprising plaintiff-side attorney can generate a lawsuit from the reasonable expectations of consumers to continue to have access to the music they paid for: Customers who have purchased music from Microsoft’s now-defunct MSN Music store are now facing a decision they never anticipated making: commit to which computers (and OS) they want to […]

Expelled without a license

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2008

Word on the street is starting to trickle in that the popular music was not licensed: * John Lennon’s “Imagine” was definitely used without permission. The Lennon estate + EMI are suing. (See Reuters, 4/23 (link from pharyngula); the NYT, 4/24; and Paste Magazine. (I can just picture the graphic on The Daily Show: “Ono […]

“Expelled” music licensed or not?

Thursday, March 27th, 2008

Josh Timonen wrote a detailed synopsis of the movie “Expelled”, the creationist film that tries to argue that creationist views are “unfairly” excluded from the academy. What piqued my interest about this particular post (there have been hundreds by now about how bad the movie is, the deceptiveness of the filmmakers, P.Z. Myers’ being prevented […]

more artist innovation in music distribution

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2007

A NYT blog is reporting that Radiohead is making digital copies of its next album available for pick-your-own-price amount — and the best part is they’re DRM-free. Commenters on the post were almost all positive. A few salient points pulled out of comments: * This will generate fans for and interest in its nice physical […]

artists and IP

Sunday, November 12th, 2006

The NYT has two interesting stories right now featuring, shall we say, different approaches to artists and IP. The first in a genre near and dear to my heart is a profile of Dark Horse Comics, which “built [their] publishing platform around creators’ rights … [Their] pitch was, ‘We’ll match the rights that you get […]

it’s not FCC “fair use”

Tuesday, October 31st, 2006

(It’s the anthem for fccfu.com … and, relatedly, you all know about Eric Idle’s ‘The FCC Song’, right?)

divine licensing: god and the gang of four

Wednesday, October 12th, 2005

Two great tastes that taste great together. Many “Daily Show” fans (well, okay, me) have been concerned about the future of “This Week in God” now that Stephen Colbert is leaving “The Daily Show” for his own spinoff. Today’s NYT (10/12) explains that the segment is going to stay, but with a new correspondent — […]

interesting reading, early saturday morning

Saturday, August 13th, 2005

Up early for my spouse who caught a red-eye. Now she’s resting peacefully and I of course can’t get back to sleep. But that’s okay, because there’s the Internet! Positive outcomes of BlogHer: Mary Hodder at Napsterization is establishing a Speakers’ Wiki. In response to publisher anxieties & thinly-veiled threats of litigation, Google is implementing […]

old works, new copyrights

Monday, August 8th, 2005

Sony is claiming copyright over “Zorro” and has sent a C&D to Sobini Films, which is wanting to produce a movie set in the future (well, 2010 – barely the future any more!) about Zorro. Johnston McCulley first introduced Zorro in 1919 in The Curse of Capistrano. The BBC article states it thusly: “Sobini contends […]

covers & licenses to cover

Tuesday, June 28th, 2005

Slate just ran an article on cover albums (“Copycats – The cover album makes a comeback” by Franklin Bruno, 2005/6/23), which is interesting timing considering that the Register of Copyrights has proposed to eliminate the compulsory cover license. [Lessig covers (ahem) the issue and responds to commentary from Importance of Being Ernest and Joe Gratz].

grokster

Monday, June 27th, 2005

well — grokster is out. from the beginning: We hold that one who distributes a device with the object of promoting its use to infringe copyright, as shown by clear expression or other affirmative steps taken to foster infringement, is liable for the resulting acts of infringement by third parties. and from the end: There […]

Bolivian Activist HipHop & Copyright

Thursday, May 26th, 2005

The NYT ran an article today (5/26) about rap/hiphop music in Bolivia. Young artists are using hiphop & rap to get their message of social justice, democracy, and peace. One young artist talks about copyright infringement: The one CD the rappers recorded, called “Wayna Rap,” sells robustly on the streets of El Alto, pirated by […]

blatant copyright infringement!

Thursday, May 19th, 2005

Cool archive of NYC hip-hop posters from late 70s/early 80s. Reprinted without any permission from the poster designer(s), so far as I can tell. Why, that’s blatant COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT !!! Why, s/he’s a — a — a Pirate, that’s what. A Pirate and a Thief. Posting this archive, without seeking the copyright owner’s permission and […]

… and the criminalization of copyright law continues

Friday, March 11th, 2005

great: A federal task force that monitors the Internet caught on to the student and got a warrant I also love how all these cases have some quote from the RIAA about how much money they lose each year. Unverifiable Saganesque billions and billions… Teen Convicted Under Internet Piracy Law By BETH DeFALCO Associated Press […]

monster slash

Tuesday, November 9th, 2004

No, it’s not fanfic about Bigfoot & Yeti, together at last. Bobby “Boris” Pickett remakes “Monster Mash” to point out Bush’s slash & burn environmental policies. See monsterslash.org Lyrics: We were hiking in the forest late one night When our eyes beheld an eerie sight Our president appeared and began to frown Then he and […]

oh, really, steve jobs?

Tuesday, October 26th, 2004

“We think photos are the next big thing. Everyone has the content” because of the rapid proliferation of digital cameras among consumers “and there are no copyright issues,” Apple Chief Executive Steve Jobs said at a news conference. “We think music plus photos is the next big thing.” — NYT, Apple Rolls Out New iPod […]

subway preachers & showtunes

Friday, October 8th, 2004

how fabulous — k. r. munson defeats subway preachers with showtunes: (Note: This is not me. I just think it’s cool.)

ip cites

Tuesday, September 7th, 2004

6th Circuit sampling decision: Bridgeport [9/6] [law.com - Article]

reading & listening

Wednesday, March 31st, 2004

Reading: Tower of Babel: The Evidence Against the New Creationism by Robert J. Pennock; Music: Disco, “Carmen”, Chumbawamba, Judy Garland, “Red Hot + Blue” (Cole Porter covers), Ani DiFranco & Utah Phillips “Fellow Workers”, Klezmatics “I Ain’t Afraid” (cover of Holly Near song)


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