Russian WWII Veterans Asked To Pay Up For Singing Old War Songs

from the putting-up-that-tollbooth-on-nostalgia dept

We've talked in the past about how the Russian Authors' Society has made bands pay up to play their own songs, and now apparently it's going after some Russian WWII veterans for getting together and singing old war songs. Patriotism and nostalgia, apparently, aren't free. We've discussed this before, of course. The value in artistic works is often in the shared culture around them -- but thanks to copyright, we're putting up a big tollbooth on any attempt to further share those experiences. It's a huge hindrance on actually spreading culture and seems to go against the very purpose of copyright law.

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    mirradric, 30 Mar 2010 @ 9:51pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re:

    You are wrong. That idea simply doesn't makes sense.
    How can it be royalties for every kill? This will give the gun manufacturers a bad name as they get associated with every kill. Not to mention that it's actually underpaying them. They should get royalties for every time rounds are discharged. You know... kinda like getting paid for music played to horses...

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