Answer Some Trivia Questions To Get A Free Copy Of Year Zero; The Epic Sci-Fi Story Of What Happens When Aliens & Copyright Intermingle

from the answer-some-questions dept

Well, well. Last week, we posted an excerpt from Rob Reid's awesome Year Zero novel, and offered up free copies to the commenters who got the highest ranked voting. In retrospect, perhaps we should have realized this effort was going to fail. Whether it was "performance anxiety" from commenters with a free book on the line, a lack of something specific to comment on or (most likely) an unwillingness of people to vote since it might take away from their own chances of winning, the comments on the post got almost no votes. Only one qualifying comment got a serious number votes. One anonymous comment got a bunch of votes too, but you had to be a named commenter to win a book.

That means we're still left with four books to give away, and this time we're going about it a bit differently: posting four trivia questions/scavenger hunt items, and the first people to answer each of them in our comments (with some key conditions) get the remaining books sent to them (the first correct response to each question wins -- so if someone gets the first question right, and you answer the same question before someone else answers one of the others, you don't get the book). In order to get the book, not only do you have to get the question right, but you have to leave your email address with your comment (in the email field, not publicly) so we can reach out to you. You also have to respond within 24 hours of us emailing you (check your spam filters!) or we move on to the next person on the list. Yes, again, you have to be in the US or Canada (sorry about this one, but I believe this is due to Random House only having distribution rights in those two countries). Also, you can only win one book. So even if you can answer more than one question, there's no reason to do it, other than to be that guy... and no one likes that guy.

Okay, here are the questions. Get answering:
  1. Link to a Techdirt post that mentions the person who narrates the audiobook version of Year Zero? (Feel free to name the individual too).
  2. Year Zero is frequently compared to a famous sci-fi series that was a "trilogy" in five books. A few times on Techdirt, we've paraphrased a famous saying by the author of that series. What's the famous saying he said, that we've paraphrased multiple times?
  3. The excerpt we posted includes the protagonist in the story, Nick Carter, reciting the "standard terms" that show up in "almost every" major label contract. He notes that most people think he's joking when he tells them that language, but he's not. Of course, Carter is just a character in a funny novel... but he's not joking. Point to three news articles/blog posts (anywhere, doesn't need to be Techdirt) that point to very similar (does not need to be identical) language in actual music contracts.
  4. Rob has cleverly made sure that he cannot use the most obvious title for a sequel to this book. How?
Good luck.


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    Insaniac99 (profile), Jul 18th, 2012 @ 3:30pm

    Answer to #1

     

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    Mason Wheeler (profile), Jul 18th, 2012 @ 3:33pm

    #2

    2) http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20120423/14390718619/why-do-we-celebrate-solitary-experience-books- decry-social-experience-online-social-media.shtml

    As Douglas Adams has stated (I'm paraphrasing slightly), every tech around by the time you're born is "normal," new technology that is invented before you're thirty is cool and new and anything that gets invented after you're thirty is "against the natural order of things and the beginning of the end of civilization as we know it."

     

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    Mason Wheeler (profile), Jul 18th, 2012 @ 3:38pm

    Re: #2

    The actual, verbatim quote, found at http://www.douglasadams.com/dna/19990901-00-a.html is:

    I suppose earlier generations had to sit through all this huffing and puffing with the invention of television, the phone, cinema, radio, the car, the bicycle, printing, the wheel and so on, but you would think we would learn the way these things work, which is this:

    1) everything thatís already in the world when youíre born is just normal;

    2) anything that gets invented between then and before you turn thirty is incredibly exciting and creative and with any luck you can make a career out of it;

    3) anything that gets invented after youíre thirty is against the natural order of things and the beginning of the end of civilisation as we know it until itís been around for about ten years when it gradually turns out to be alright really.

    Apply this list to movies, rock music, word processors and mobile phones to work out how old you are.

     

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    MinchiWeb (profile), Jul 18th, 2012 @ 3:47pm

    Narrator

    The book is narrated by John Hodgman; mentioned in this post -> http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20061106/201138.shtml

     

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    Shannon (profile), Jul 18th, 2012 @ 3:56pm

    #4

    Rob's already published a memoir title Year 1

     

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    Chris Brand (profile), Jul 18th, 2012 @ 3:56pm

    Q4

    Wall Street Journal ?http://online.wsj.com/article/SB125658217507308619.html

     

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    Chris Brand (profile), Jul 18th, 2012 @ 3:58pm

    Re: Q4

    Of course I meant Q3...

    And yes, this got me to (finally) register for an account, too ("reason to buy" ?)

     

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    Insaniac99 (profile), Jul 18th, 2012 @ 4:05pm

    Re: Narrator

    D'oh! I answered with a Comment instead of a post.

     

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    Josh in CharlotteNC (profile), Jul 18th, 2012 @ 4:16pm

    Question 3

    Not sure how strict your definition of news articles/blog posts are, so I've got a few more than 3:

    Techdirt article pointing to WSJ
    http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20091029/0151366712.shtml
    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB125 658217507308619.html

    will.i.am's contract terms come to light after MegaUpload song dispute
    http://digitalmusicnews.com/permalink/2011/111216william

    From ASCAP even:
    http://www.ascap.com/eventsawards/events/expo/news/2011/04/Our-Bloggers-Sound-Off-About-the-W e-Create-Music-Panel.aspx
    a bit vague, end of second paragraph

    Actual Music Licensing Agreement at University of NC School of the Arts:
    http://faculty.uncsa.edu/film/forms/production/original_music_license.pdf

    Blog post about American Idol contract:
    http://carlsmiller.hubpages.com/hub/Legal-Contracts-Throughout-the-Universe

    Work for Hire Abuse
    http://www.stopworkforhire.com/site2/legal-perspective/

     

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    hfbs (profile), Jul 18th, 2012 @ 4:26pm

    Here's a funny little coincidence - I'll be listening to the audiobook version of that "increasingly inaccurately named trilogy" tonight, narrated by its author.

     

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    Spencer (profile), Jul 18th, 2012 @ 4:31pm

    Rob has cleverly made sure that he cannot use the most obvious title for a sequel to this book. How?

    The 2009 Film, Year One

     

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    Spencer (profile), Jul 18th, 2012 @ 4:31pm

    Re:

    I also fail at html tags, and the link was supposed to go here:

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1045778/

     

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    Karl (profile), Jul 18th, 2012 @ 5:06pm

    Douglas Adams

    I don't know which Adams quote you actually use, but I personally like this one a lot.

    During the "Hitchhiker's Guide to the Future" series, he was asked by some media representatives how he thought technological changes will affect them. His answer:
    It'd be like a bunch of rivers, the Amazon and the Mississippi and the Congo asking how the Atlantic Ocean might affect themÖ and the answer is, of course, that they won't be rivers anymore, just currents in the ocean.

     

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    reboog711 (profile), Jul 18th, 2012 @ 7:24pm

    I was unclear if you had to answer all four questions to win or just one of them.

    But, I'll point out that there are now 6 books in the Hitchhiker's Guide trilogy. The latest not being written by DNA, but rather by Eoin Cofler, named "And Another Thing" http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/And_Another_Thing..._%28novel%29

    .

     

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    DEF (profile), Jul 18th, 2012 @ 9:19pm

    Answers

    I didn't see anyone list all of the answers. I stole (and credited) 1-3. I found #4 on Amazon.

    1.From Insaniac99: http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20120322/02414218194/musician-jonathan-coulton-i-value-internet-lot -more-than-record-industry.shtml#c484


    2.From Mason Wheeler:

    I suppose earlier generations had to sit through all this huffing and puffing with the invention of television, the phone, cinema, radio, the car, the bicycle, printing, the wheel and so on, but you would think we would learn the way these things work, which is this:

    1) everything thatís already in the world when youíre born is just normal;

    2) anything that gets invented between then and before you turn thirty is incredibly exciting and creative and with any luck you can make a career out of it;

    3) anything that gets invented after youíre thirty is against the natural order of things and the beginning of the end of civilisation as we know it until itís been around for about ten years when it gradually turns out to be alright really.

    Apply this list to movies, rock music, word processors and mobile phones to work out how old you are.


    3. From Josh in CharlotteNC:

    will.i.am's contract terms come to light after MegaUpload song dispute
    http://digitalmusicnews.com/permalink/2011/111216william

    From ASCAP even:
    http://www.ascap.com/eventsawards/events/expo/news/2011/04/Our-Bloggers-Sound-Off-About-the-W e-Create-Music-Panel.aspx
    a bit vague, end of second paragraph

    Actual Music Licensing Agreement at University of NC School of the Arts:
    http://faculty.uncsa.edu/film/forms/production/original_music_license.pdf

    Blog post about American Idol contract:
    http://carlsmiller.hubpages.com/hub/Legal-Contracts-Throughout-the-Universe

    4. From Amazon:

    He is the author of Year One, a memoir about student life at Harvard Business School

     

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    Rick O'Shea (profile), Jul 18th, 2012 @ 10:48pm

    only one qualifying comment

    Perhaps that result had something to do with the prize only being available in the U.S.
    Lost my interest as soon as I saw that.

     

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    Josef Anvil (profile), Jul 19th, 2012 @ 12:04am

    Seriously????

    Only available in the US??? This is TechDirt and there is no ebook option? ONLY a physical copy that is limited to regional restrictions?

    Soooo 20th Century.

     

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    Mesonoxian Eve (profile), Jul 19th, 2012 @ 3:38am

    I'm going to pass on this one. I won the Kevin Smith book a few years ago, and I've yet to get Hilary Haag to read it to me.

    But I wanted to drop in and say "Good luck" to those playing.

     

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    Chuck Norris' Enemy (deceased) (profile), Jul 19th, 2012 @ 8:10am

    Wow, it exists...really!

    I know I'm too late so I will just give one but here is an excerpt from the terms and conditions on the National Robotics Week website:

    the Submissions shall be deemed and shall remain the property of iRobot Corporation in perpetuity. By making any Submission, the sender automatically grants, or warrants that the owner of such material expressly grants, iRobot Corporation the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable, non-exclusive right and license to use, reproduce, modify, adapt, publish, translate, and distribute such material (in whole or in part) throughout the universe and/or to incorporate it in other works in any form, media or technology now known or hereafter developed, for the full term of any copyright, trademark or patent that may exist in such material for any purpose that iRobot Corporation chooses

    Uncanny resemblance...really...

     

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    Rikuo (profile), Jul 19th, 2012 @ 9:16am

    Re: only one qualifying comment

    Ditto.
    Mike, I know its not your fault, I know its not Techdirt, but you, me and all the others here have decried the negativity that region locked releases have on the market. Therefore, when I, a non-USian, saw you having a competition for a book but saying only open to US/Canada despite the fact you foster a worldwide audience...it left me feeling a bit pissed off.

     

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    Gwiz (profile), Jul 19th, 2012 @ 10:04am

    The Ultimate Answer

    "42"

     

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