So JoCo re-released his original cover of "Baby Got Back" as "Baby Got Back (In The Style Of Glee)", does his best impression of Glee's trademarked "Wink-and-L-Sign", and donates all the proceeds to the VH1 Save The Music foundation and Dan Savage's It Gets Better project.
Folks, this is not just winning the court of public opinion; this is analogous to winning a unanimous Supreme Court verdict. Also, Karma seemed to have entered the fray, seeing as I'm writing this, This charity single of "Baby Got Back (In The Style Of Glee)" is at position #164 on the US overall music chart…………and Glee's ripoff version is nowhere to be found! Oh frabjous day! Callooh, Callay!
I downloaded "Leaving On A Jet Plane" from iTunes, and though I can hear a tiny bit of similarities to JoCo's "Baby Got Back" cover, it's clear that JoCo had written his own melody to his version of "Baby Got Back". Fox/Glee didn't even bother to do that.
There is one important distinction between Apple's locked ecosystem and Amazon's locked ecosystem: Apple won't delete a file you downloaded from their iTunes store off your hard drive. Even if they don't carry the product anymore, it's still on your hard drive. I know this because DRM'd works they don't carry anymore are still accessible on my iTunes and iPod Touch. For the record, I never used Apple's iCloud service. While there is a lot (shitloads, even) that Apple does wrong, this is one of those areas that they got right.
Also, EPUB files work on the Nook, Kino, Sony E-Reader, etc.
I basically usually read books either from Authors who don't have DRM and have a CC license (like Cory Doctorow or Colonel Lawrence Lessig) or have passed into the Public Domain (like on Project Gutenberg). Very rarely would I read a book that has DRM.
Also, I prefer the EPUB format, because I know how to hack and modify that thing. The MOBI format, not so much.
It's a damn shame that copyright doesn't de facto expire anymore. The public domain represents absolute freedom to me. That's why I will dedicate everything I ever created to the public domain upon my death. Hell, I even donated works to the public domain already, here, here and here. I also even made a copyright-free happy birthday song.
It's too bad that copyright is the standard for publication instead of the public domain. :-(
Ron Wyden is one of the few remaining sane senators the US Senate. How sane? He even came over to Techdirt and listed his favorite posts of the week. (Actually, that's not just sane. That's pretty darn cool!)
I endorse Ron Wyden's bill as a citizen and an artist. Though I haven't earned anything from Royalties (yet), I believe standardizing royalties appeals to the OCD part of me. As an Artist, it's much simpler.
While it's much easier to install 3rd party apps on Android devices without going through the Play Store...
which is why I prefer Android to iOS. If an app gets removed, workarounds are easy. Or to paraphrase the great Cory Doctorow: "I trust Google as little as I trust Apple or Microsoft. But the Android OS--when compared to iOS and Windows Phone 7--requires the least amount of trust." Thanks, Google!