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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    Danny, 31 Mar 2010 @ 7:47am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

    This will give the gun manufacturers a bad name as they get associated with every kill.

    We've seen time and time again that developing a bad reputation is of no consequence to these agencies as long as they can continue to pay the government to protect them and their outdated ways.

    I can imagine:
    "When people decide not to fight and kill each other they are stealing from us. And not just us but think of the miners that dig up that ore. Ending war means stealing from them too!* The government must pass laws to ensure that peace does not become rampant or our way of life will be destroyed!!!"

    * - A nod to the claims that movie piracy is endangering the livelihoods of corn farmers.

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