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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    Anonymous Coward, 20 Jun 2017 @ 2:06pm

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

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    Anonymous Coward, 20 Jun 2017 @ 3:11pm

    Why is this podcast still in MP3 and not Opus?

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      JoeCool (profile), 20 Jun 2017 @ 5:57pm

      Re:

      The patents just expired. Of course, Opus would allow for better quality with a smaller file size, but maybe they're just setup for recording/mixing to mp3, and now there's less reason to stop than ever.

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        Anonymous Coward, 21 Jun 2017 @ 1:29pm

        Re: Re:

        Or maybe whatever filetype you upload to soundcloud is converted to mp3 for playback.

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          Leigh Beadon (profile), 22 Jun 2017 @ 10:32am

          Re: Re: Re:

          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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    Hugo, 22 Jun 2017 @ 2:53am

    Just brilliant

    A fantastic podcast.

    A wonderful fusion to acoustically illustrate some of the beautiful cultural complexity behind copyright law.

    Hats off !!

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    Túi Lọc Bụi (profile), 23 Jun 2017 @ 4:02am

    I love this podcast

    Already Subcribe and i like that discount code <3

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