[Cc-uk] CC going mad?

Christian Ahlert christian.ahlert at oii.ox.ac.uk
Wed Jun 22 05:27:34 EDT 2005


Maybe we should encouarge them to "explain" their joke - short press release saying how 
stupid it is that somebody can have the copyright to happy birthday....

Am 22 Jun 2005 um 12:03 hat Cory Doctorow geschrieben:

> I'm with Rob on this. It was a gag to highlight the craziness of the 
> copyright system that keeps Happy Birthday in copyright. And if 
> FreeCulture's cardinal sin is calling themselves "Free Culture 
> Movement" when there are and have been people involved in Free 
> Culture prior to their founding, is that so bad? Is it really 
> necessary to arrange this firing squad in a circle?
> 
> Cory
> 
> On Jun 22, 2005, at 11:46 AM, Rob Myers wrote:
> 
> > On Wednesday, June 22, 2005, at 10:20AM, David M. Berry  
> > <d.berry at sussex.ac.uk> wrote:
> >
> >
> >> This feels like a really bad office joke.
> >>
> >
> > I think that's probably the best comparison.
> >
> >
> >> It feels cliquey,
> >>
> >
> > That would be a complaint I have. But if they'd sent the clip in 
> > private it would have got out and people would've complained about 
> > CC being secretive or whatever.
> >
> >
> >> sounds
> >> like it was recorded on someones office desktop computer in
> >> Microsoft Office OneNote 2003 and mixed in the lunch-break.
> >>
> >
> > The right to create doesn't carry a responsibility to create a 
> > great work of art. So some lawyers wanted to make a techno track of 
> > "Happy Birthday", had fun doing so, and it came out sounding about 
> > as you'd expect? Good for them. :-)
> >
> >
> >> Somewhere, someone
> >> in CC should have looked at it and said no way.
> >>
> >
> > I find the idea amusing (I've no interest in actually listening to 
> > the track). And it is a good illustration of the problems of 
> > 'permission culture'.
> >
> > Cliqueiness and low quality may work against it, but lots of blogs 
> > have picked up the ridiculous-copyright-law issue. On balance, I 
> > think this is constructive.
> >
> > - Rob.
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