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copyright wars are sexy

Posted by tworabbits on 2006.01.27 at 21:16
Current Music: jefferson 37 on bbc 7
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I'm not obsessed with copyright. Honestly. For real.

It's just so fascinating.

From Making Light, a very interesting article about the life expectancy of books. I especially like her comment (quoted from the Cader Books FAQ) that the easiest way to keep your idea from getting stolen "is to execute your idea as well as possible." That seems particularly pertinent to spoken word artists--if people respect your work, they'll stand up for you if someone usurps it.

Also in that article is a link to bestsellers from 1900-1990. From 1900, I recognized five authors (and fewer titles).

Shane is doing a show at the Sync on the 10th, a space run by Nettwerk Records. So I was particularly pleased to see this article show up on boingboing this morning. Apparently, Nettwerk has offered to pay the legal fees and any resulting fines for a family accused by the RIAA in a file sharing case. The head of the network, Terry McBride, says, "Litigation is not 'artist development.' Litigation is a deterrent to creativity and passion and it is hurting the business I love. The current actions of the RIAA are not in my artists' best interests." Cheers to that.

Here, the BBC asks some questions to music producers. Watch them wriggle.

Another completely unrelated thing that is utterly important to you: I saw two members of The Breakmen play at a party a few days ago, and they impressed me down to my toes. If it doesn't involve an aeroplane or sled dogs, you should go see them. Maybe even if it does.

In case none of the above interests you at all, this is for you.


Teresa Nielsen Hayden
tnh at 2006-01-30 01:32 (UTC) (Link)
The bit about how the best way to keep an idea from being stolen is to execute it as well as possible comes from the Cader Books FAQ. I only quoted it.

It's a very perceptive observation. The common impulse is not "Ha ha, I can steal this idea!"; it's "What a complete botch they've made of that great idea! I can see right now how it should have gone." Or possibly "That's an interesting idea, but I can do it better..."

There's no guarantee that someone won't try to swipe your brilliantly executed idea; but it's less likely, and anyway who'll care for the inferior copy when the original is so obviously superior?
world wide minion
tworabbits at 2006-01-30 02:21 (UTC) (Link)
Edited to credit Cader Books. Thank you for pointing that out.

"That's an interesting idea, but I can do it better..." I see this happen quite often. It's a twisted sort of compliment. Your line was so good that GreatPoet decided to use it, but GreatPoet made it so much better that no one will ever credit you.

Nothing new, of course.
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