Techdirt Podcast Episode 127: Copyright, Music & 'Theft'

from the a-legacy-of-copying dept

This week’s episode is all about copyright and culture, with a pair of the best guests you could ask for on the subject. Almost ten years ago, law professors Keith Aoki, James Boyle and Jennifer Jenkins released a comic book about copyright called Bound By Law, and now they are back with a sequel: Theft: A History of Music. This week, James and Jennifer join us to discuss the new comic and the history of copyright and music (with lots of fair use music snippets to demonstrate the legacy of ‘theft’)!

You should also be sure to check out the comic itself! You can download a digital copy for free of course, but for those who want to get their hands on the beautiful paperback edition, we’ve got a limited time offer for Techdirt fans: you can get it for only $8.99 at Createspace (that’s 40% off!) when you use the discount code 2FESBPRQ within the next two weeks. It’s also available on Amazon with a free Kindle edition included when you buy.

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Mike Masnick (profile) says:

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I love how these "Tales from the Public Domain" are not even in the public domain. Classic Techdirt.

I’m confused. Where did we ever suggest all things need to be in the public domain? Or that writing about the public domain needs to be in the public domain? We have not suggested it, so disproving the strawman in your head doesn’t seem to make the point you think it makes.

Anonymous Coward says:

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I LOL whenever Techdirt pimps any copyrighted work where it’s clear that the authors value their copyrights. Your hostility to copyright is legendary, Mike. So is your preference to play dumb when it suits you. There is a funny juxtaposition here.

Hey, while you’re in the arguin’ mood, wanna talk about your personal beliefs about copyright? So many questions for ya!

Leigh Beadon (profile) says:

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Nah, in Soundcloud’s case the original download format is preserved for the direct file link (though it’s probably converted for streaming).

We have thought about using Opus, but it just hasn’t seemed like there’s significant enough demand for it. It’s not as widely compatible as MP3 (we would likely still want to retain the main RSS feed as MP3, and Soundcloud doesn’t let you offer multiple formats) and, as JoeCool noted, one of the main reasons we would ditch MP3 (patented technology) has disappeared.

We’re totally open to offering an Opus version if there’s a significant demand, but so far that hasn’t really seemed to be the case.

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