Surely this is a tool. Not malware
5 posts • joined 23 May 2012
"(You don't need the copyright-holder's permission to do a cover version, or use a composition backing track, remember.)"
I am far from being knowledgeable about this, but according to [http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/walesmusic/2010/08/newport-state-of-mind-removed.shtml] re-interpretations of existings songs do require permission from the original copyright holder which may have been why the video was removed from youtube.
"'Substantial rewrite' is a pseudo-legal term in the music industry meaning that when you're covering a song or using an element of a song - whether lyrically or musically - it requires the permission of the original copyright holder."
Can you tell us a little more about your views on IP.
Do you think IP reform is necessary at all? For instance, what do you think about some of the more contentious issues such as:
* extremely long copyright terms
* format shifting
* ridiculous patents being issued/patent trolling
I don't think you really need to keep arguing for having IP rights, most people accept that it is pretty much essential and must be enforced. But the current state of affairs is just taking the piss and has led to a lack of respect for copyright amongst the public.
recent example - $675,000 fine for sharing 30 songs ... http://rt.com/usa/news/supreme-court-tenenbaum-riaa-891/
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