Archive for June, 2008

Orphan Works: No Copyright Infringement Litigation Says the Google Budget Office

June 24, 2008 Comments off

Orphan works legislation is no problem, says the Congressional Budget Office because “[a]ccording to Copyright officials, there have been very few lawsuits against copyright infringers in recent years and the value of the awards in those suits have not been large.”

Yes. That’s really what they said.

I guess everything is relative when you live in a two Gulfstream family.

Must read article in the Atlantic

June 16, 2008 Comments off

As more and more of the creative class start to wake up to the absolute corruption that is growing among the absolutely rich and powerful at Google, it is not surprising that authors foreshadow the apocolypse and the “final encyclopedia“, that creepy, geeky sci-fi cliff that Google is driving us all to jump over.

Excellent piece in The Atlantic this month “Is Google Making Us Stoopid?”

Stop the presses–important litigation alert

June 12, 2008 Comments off

The Electronic Frontier Foundation is crowing about a ruling they got that people who sell promo CDs–that the recipient is given with full knowledge that the recipient is not supposed to sell the disc–are permitted to sell their promos on eBay and presumably in bricks and mortar stores as well.

Ah yes, a great victory for the EFFluviati. What does this mean exactly? It means that the EFFluviati once again have managed to screw artists and songwriters.

Promo discs are not stupid record company tricks, this isn’t “free goods” (also known as units given to retailers for resale). No one pays any royalties on these discs because no one is supposed to make any money off of these discs. Record companies may not pay record royalties on free goods, but they pretty routinely pay at least some mechanical royalties on free goods. There is, of course, a time honored tradition of people selling promo units, but they knew that if they got caught they’d probably get yelled at at least.

Of all the issues out there that we can worry about in our business, you would think that selling promos would not be one of them. Unless you are one of the EFFluviati, and then no issue is too small to screw artists and songwriters.

Or as one of the Mystic Knights of the EFFluviati recently told me with his best preppie sniff, “Well artists are just going to have to learn to live on less money.”

Let ’em eat cake, right?

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