Re: Response to: Calvin on Apr 12th, 2012 @ 4:50pm
I think it boils down to how fine a line you draw between inspiration and copying. I think we'd all agree that if someone printed a copy of the Harry Potter books but with a different author named on the cover it would be considered plagiarism. How much do these pair of songs differ and how much difference does there have to be to change it from plagiarism to derivation?
Do we make more progress in discussing this if we call it plagiarism rather than copyright infringement?
Erin seems to be as upset by the fact that she's not recognised as the writer of the original song as she is by the lost revenue. The second version doesn't, to my untutored ear, seem to have bought a lot of originality to the party. So why not heap the scorn on it that plagiarism attracts in academic circles and shame the copiers into changing their ways?
The solution has already been available for a number of years
I have been running a couple of solutions for a number of years.
Under my flat panel TV I have a small form factor Linux box connected via an HDMI channel to the TV. If I want to watch TV I use the handset to switch channels and if I want to use the computer I switch inputs and use the wireless keyboard/mouse. The computer is connected via ethernet cable to my server and router so I can watch films using XBMC or browse the internet.
On my desktop in the study, with it's nice big flat panel screen and high spec graphics card, I've got a USB TV card and I simply run Kaffeine to watch TV in a window while I'm surfing.
I'm not sure what the 'Interactive TV' is supposed to be bringing to the party that isn't something that's already been available for a number of years.
It's not just the 18-30 age group that is angry about this. My parent's generation fought and died to protect their children and future generations from fascism, unfortunately it seems they ended up fighting against the wrong enemy.
My wife paid for my eMusic account with her credit card. Does that mean that only she ought to be able to listen to the tracks downloaded from there ?
What about our Lovefilm account, again it's paid for with my wife's credit card. So does that mean I'm not allowed to watch the film's we rent ?
Here in the UK the police regularly use the millions of CCTV cameras in conjunction with number plate recognition software to flag up and follow 'vehicles of interest'.
So I guess in this country they don't really need to attach GPS devices and the use of CCTV and number plate recognition doesn't require any form of warrant at all.
I spent about 30 years working in the IT industry, mostly as an independent consultant, I never considered membership of the BCS necessary to enhance my professional appeal or helping to progress my technical skills.
If everyone paid what they thought the 'government' services were worth, and there was a ban on government debt being greater than 20% of the tax take, then there would be an automatic brake on government overspending.
Think outside the box for simple solutions to apparently complex problems.
It seems to me that a lot of the problems with copyright occur when the rights belong to some corporation rather than the original creator of the work.
Why not rewrite copyright law to ONLY allow copyright to individuals rather than corporations and to make those rights non-transferable.
Therefore no selling, bequeathing or assigning those rights to others just individuals making money out of their creative efforts by licensing the use of their works to other individuals for a limited time.
This would mean that copyright only lasted for as long as an individual lived and so the money for the creative effort would be automatically directed towards the creators not some faceless corporation.