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Google Hates Artists Redux: A Lump of Coal from Google’s Shill, or "How’s that Stock Working for you, Larry?"

December 13, 2006

Once again, Google’s Nutty Professor demonstrates his true lack of understanding of the music industry as well as his lack of charity in this season of hope.Lessig writes:

Ok, so I’m wrong.
For almost 10 years now, I’ve been waging a war against retrospective term extension. My simple argument has been that copyright is about creative incentives, and you can’t create incentives retrospectively.
I now see I am apparently wrong.
As reported
yesterday, there was an ad in the FT listing 4,000 musicians who supported retrospective term extension. If you read the list, you’ll see that at least some of these artists are apparently dead (e.g. Lonnie Donegan, died 4th November 2002; Freddie Garrity, died 20th May 2006). I take it the ability of these dead authors to sign a petition asking for their copyright terms to be extended can only mean that even after death, term extension continues to inspire.
I’m not yet sure how. But I guess I should be a good sport about it, and just confess I was wrong. For if artists can sign petitions after they’ve died, then why can’t they produce new recordings fifty years ago?

Isn’t Little Larry the clever one? His MacArthur Foundation-supported clerks determined that a couple dead folk showed up on the PPL’s list of supporters of the copyright term extension in the UK. Only in the world of Google Law would anyone find it funny that heirs of artists might be interested in putting a roof over their heads, and only a truly snide little man like Lessig would find it funny that artists might want to have a protectable interest in property that could be left to produce income for their heirs.

Of course we should not be surprised by Google Law’s chief proponent taking this position—recall the statements from the Stanford madrassah on the Joyce case: “The works of a famous person, after they die, are more than the property of a grandchild. They are the heritage of the larger world.”

Yep, Little Larry is out to Google the heirs of artists everywhere.

God bless us, every one.

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