Posts Tagged ‘copyright’

Copyright = 5 years?

July 23, 2008

Andrew Dubber, New Music Strategies blogger, has a lot of folks riled up about copyright— including me. I’d be remiss if I didn’t send some readers his way; the conversation has been fantastically interesting. His idea? Make copyright an opt-in process, with a 5-year timeout, followed by the option to renew. Dubber hopes the renewal process will lead to a greater percentage of works entering the public domain… I just think its going to result in another enormous bureaucratic clusterfuck mis-managing artists’ rights.

I found this hanging outside WDBX. Either the tree lost its pants, or someone lynched a member of Dokken.

I found this hanging outside WDBX. Either the tree lost its pants, or someone lynched a member of Dokken.

In truth, I’m still not exactly certain where I stand with copyright. It seems to me that copyright and art don’t really go together all that well anyway– art and commerce ultimately have very different goals. If I was a businessman, I could definitely understand the value in hoarding everything of any possible use forever. As an artist, I’ve often given things away for free, or at least encouraged their dissemination. Can these be reconciled?

The fear underlying most copyright decisions (or so it seems to me) is that if a big-name artist’s work wasn’t protected, it could be sold out from under their noses by unscrupulous businessmen, de-valuing their work by making it more freely and cheaply available. But hey, isn’t this already happening? As I type this, a quick torrent search reveals more than one Radiohead discography available right now. One has 33 separate albums, in lossless format, and even features scans of some booklets and liner notes!

Yet Radiohead carries on. I’ve yet to see Johnny Greenwood flipping burgers.

Granted, they might have made a lot of their money before such widespread filesharing came into practice. What about newer artists? Honestly, I have no idea. In some ways, I’m just sort of waiting to see how it plays out. My hope is that the ubiquitous availability of any sort of information, at any time, will de-value ownership itself. I know that I have downloaded songs just to avoid the walk downstairs to retrieve the actual record. I’ve downloaded albums I already own to more easily make a copy for my daughter– the de-valuation of ownership is underway.

MediaDefender Remix Contest Winners!

November 9, 2007

Well, I guess it’s time to finish the MediaDefender Remix Contest, and announce the winners. For those of you who are a little slow, I started a somewhat ill-defined competition for folks willing to use the “approved” MediaDefender techniques for destroying mp3s to remix popular tracks. To kick things off, I shared my re-working of Britney Spears’ “Gimmie More,” which I love more and more each time I hear it. I’m very happy to say that my remix was downloaded well over 3000 times, with a big boost from a BoingBoing post alerting more than 5000 people to visit STARTLING MONIKER.

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It’s been 50 days since then, and even though I consider you ALL winners, I’m not mailing free stuff to everyone. So here goes:

In first place, with a simply amazing 20-minute remix/sound collage, is %20. Seriously, you just have to hear this. I e-mailed to let him know about his win, and he tried to weasel out and accept an honorable mention. While I completely acknowledge his right to decline the prize, I have to put my foot down as blog owner and call it like I see it. %20– you win, but I’m passing your prize to the second place winner, Pimp Daddy Supreme!

Mr. PDS is a fellow vinyl junkie, and turned in a damn fine remix of Soulja Boy’s ubiquitous pile of steaming pidgin English ala JarJar Binks. This is a song that had to be destroyed for the good of all mankind, truly making Pimp Daddy Supreme a spiritual member of the Greatest Generation. Plus, let’s be straight– it couldn’t have been easy making this track sound like any more of a cut-up mess.

For his efforts, Pimp Daddy Supreme will be receiving a copy of SaraLunden, Kyrre Björkås, and Andreas Mjös’ new EP “Dubious;” the first release from Ukraine-based label Nexsound PQP!

In third place (or last, if you’re being negative) is PWN3D-3M41LZ, kicking poor Britney while she’s down. Even though he won’t be receiving anything cool from me in the mail, I have to hand it to PWN3D-3M41LZ– you’re among the elite who actually got off their ass and tried doing something– my hat’s off to you!