[OT] Internet Censorship

Judy Perry jperryl at ecs.fullerton.edu
Wed Aug 10 19:09:02 EDT 2011

On Sat, 6 Aug 2011, Alejandro Tejada wrote:

Notice, again, that Sony paid for these rights. If they want,
they could forbid forever the public diffusion of any performance
of these artists... Forever. No explanation necessary. It's their
right. They paid for it.

--Not quite, as two former members of Styx and the automobile manufacturer 
VW discovered when they wanted to use a portion of the "Mr. Roboto" song.

Whoever owns the catalogue of *previously* recorded Styx works wanted too 
much money, so two of the principals of the band and the one member who 
holds the copyright to the song itself, despite loathing one another, got 
together for doubtless a nice chunk of change but much less than the label 
company wanted and re-recorded it for VW.

But Bjoernke's right -- DMCA sucks.

For heaven's sake, *Steamboat Willie* is still under copyright!


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