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Who’s your (big) brother?

Posted: July 21st, 2009 | Author: | Filed under: Music | Comments Off on Who’s your (big) brother?

Family dynamics are awesome! I am the middle child, which in theory makes me the mediator, but IN FACT made me the punk-ass instigator.


Love the current discussion on Amazon and Orwell. How awesomely ironic that 1984 and Animal Farm are still messing with people. And about personal property and rights management too! Hilarious!

Copyright law– what a clusterfuck!

From TidBits:

Any work that was published with U.S. formalities (such as copyright notice and renewal) had its copyright extension revised to be 95 years from the initial copyright registration. “Animal Farm” is thus under copyright protection in the United States until 2040; “Nineteen Eighty-Four” is protected until 2044.

In Australia, however, changes in copyright law vary for authors who died before and after 1954, and don’t take into account a work’s publication date. Australia extends copyright to 50 years after death for authors who died in 1954 or earlier, and to 70 years after death for authors who passed thereafter. All of Orwell’s works are available online at no cost at various Australian sites.

Enter the digital realm WOOWEE!

When we purchase digital media, whether music, video, or books, we are nearly always purchasing a license, not obtaining ownership. We typically, but not always, cannot resell what we buy, because we’re obtaining a perfect digital copy.

Which brings us to our iTunes libraries!

‘Apple and its licensors reserve the right to change, suspend, remove, or disable access to any Products, content, or other materials comprising a part of the Service at any time without notice.’

Which means: “It may seem like you bought it and it’s yours, but we can remove stuff from your phone, computer, or iPod, and we don’t even have to tell you why or alert you ahead of time.”

WHOA! Really? Incidentally you can read the entire 1984 online from this Canadian site.




As a musician I get a whole 2-3 cents for every song sold, errr sorry, licensed on iTunes. That is crap! I suppose I should be thrilled for the opportunity, but I’m not sure it’s worth it…

SHIT! Sorry MCA!

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