Science has shown that even though we can prolong life it applies to the body only. There is no known way to prolong the life of our brain. The rate of dying brain cells increases with age.
The current aging population is already placing massive strains on pension funds, health and welfare systems sending many counties into debt.
Imagine the consequences if people lived for an average of an extra five years
I wouldn't mind living for more years as long as both my body and mind were fully functioning and I could continue to learn and contribute to society and not rely on society to care for me.
I have never lent a CD to anyone. I give it as a gift with their right to return it if not satisfied.
Copying a CD is a trickier. To get around that restriction I note that the copyright doesn't mention copying part thereof so I snip 1/2 second off the end of each track.
Public performance. It is annoying having to advise all neighbors within hearing range of my 500 watt stereo system to wear ear plugs whenever I play a CD. I now take out an advertisement in the local newspaper list all times that music will be played. I am billing the copyright owner for the earplugs.
I have had my car sound proofed as to adhere to the broadcasting restrictions.
Reproduction. My wife is post menopause so reproduction has ceased plus I cannot reproduced something I never produced in the first place.
All solutions are as idiotic as the restrictions.
Out of the multi billion tunes that have been composed since the caveman hummed his first combination of notes every known combination has been used somewhere in a song.
No one has a right to own any chord, riff or phrase.
Composer's rights should only apply to the whole work where there is a unique combination of everything to which the quantity is indefinite.
Kraftwerk may have themselves used a combination previously used by someone once. The only difference is that someone hasn't discovered it yet.
In fact out of all of Kraftwerk's works, like just about any song written, 80-90% has been used before.
The courts need to understand this and toss out all petty claims if it does not relate to an entire work.
The countries that produce 90% of the world's music haven't signed.
Now if the whole thing was based on the number of votes allowed was based on the actual contribution each county makes to the world's music it would be a grand slam decision to bury the idea.
Like the UN 80% of the vote represents counties on the take side and 20% on those who give. Warped.
Ok I am an oldie and can go back to the day when the marvel when the vinyl LP and 45 came to be. Yea I'm that old.
I was a commercial radio DJ and musician for most of my life and have witnessed the ever changing music and technology and wonder why anyone complains about anything to do with music these days.
Back when the only source for music was radio or your local record shop the choice was extremely limited. There was no Community radio, There was no FM and is was rare to find a radio station that would venture away from pop, Jazz and Classical music. I remember having to put a wide dipole aerial on my roof so I could pick up those rare stations broadcasting from hundreds of miles away. Local radio was pathetic at the time with limited playlists, usually the top 40. Back then we even had to pay a license fee to listen to any radio station.
Now there are literally thousands of station on and off line. The amount of music available to listen too has never been so broad yet people still whine about it.
just imagine if you lost all that is now and had 3 stations to listen too and was subjected to whatever those stations decided to play. Imagine entering a record shop that was stocked with music the record companies chose.
As with musicians try having three top ten hits and still struggle to make a decent living out of it. Ten years, 3 hits and no royalties at all. Think yourself lucky if you can afford rent and a meal.
If you are into any form of art for money then you have chosen the wrong path. 9-5 jobs pay better.
If you are in to any form of art for the love of it then find an alternative way of making an income to finance that love.
Bottom line Art does not = money
If only department.
If only the unions that control the radio announcers and radio/TV technicians put a ban on playing or showing any product made by members of the RIAA and stuck to music from Independents and non RIAA record companies then there would be a complete change of guard in a few days.
Without radio or TV artists associated with the RIAA companies would see their sales drop to Zero.
Watch the multies change their approach big time.
Nice to dream sometimes.
I hope this girl's parents sue big time and demand the removal of whichever judge granted the warrant.
No back to reality and find a place to hide my Micky Mouse laptop.
The famous song should have been titles "A Country Named Sue"
The way one reads it everyone just sues everyone else over patents that should not exist.
The patent law should be changed to show that unless a patented object is not included in a readily available working product in a 12 months period the patent is surrendered.
That should stop the patent trolls dead and free developers in improving whatever the patented object is.
It is time for innovation, not just sitting on something hoping a law suit comes their way.
No wonder the USA has lost is edge on innovation.
Name one Government that doesn't want to control the Internet and I'll move that country tomorrow.
I'm safe as there isn't any.
The whole thing was designed to prevent anyone taking full control over it. That was it's beauty.
So now counties can only control elements of the Net by law and various filters and boy are they all trying.
I applaud the creators.
I was once an avid newspaper reader. I stopped my subscription because the quality of journalism has hit rock bottom.
The actual news is no longer relevant. Most news is old hat by the time it is published. Today's journalists appear to think by expanding the news report, often padding out an article with irrelevancy, makes for good journalism.
I want opinions. I want to read hard hitting analysis of today's issues. I want the political bias removed. I want the truth about what is happening. I want the newspapers to be like wikileak.
How many songs could I name that over the topic of openness, truth & honesty. That is what the world needs now and then there would be no need for Wikileaks.
But alas, paranoia is the bread that the intelligence world live on.
Frightening that not so long ago one would have to call another and ask them if they could go online for a period of time. The answer was usually 'Sure, but can't stay on for long, expecting a call soon"
Now the call/email/text message would tell one how long a person would be offline, now abnormal.
To say that Congress can't do this or that is fruitless. They will do whatever they want unless someone stops them, and apparently no one is willing.
Constitutions are only as good as those who are suppose to protect them.
Both sides of politics apparently have disregard for the constitution if it does not suit them or their financial supporters.
The problem with the USA constitution is amendments are made by legislators in all states and only they have the power to vote on the issue. Not what one could call democratic.
In Australia to change the constitution requires a each state to hold a public vote and requires a majority vote in a majority of states. This hands the whole constitution in the hands of the people not the elected legislators, most of which have vested interests.
Back in 1972 the then Labor Government introduced a bill that would tax every wage earner 1.5% to fund a public health system.That is around $AU900 per year for the average annual income of $60k.
The system is called medicare and guarantees low cost health care.
How it works is the Government pays the bulk of a medical bill with the patient making up any difference between the set schedule fee and what ever a practitioner charges, this is called a gap.
For low income earners, including pensioners and those on welfare many clinics bulk bill Medicare. That means the patient pay nothing up front. if payment is required up front 100% is refunded.
Citizens can also take out extra private health insurance should they choose to be treated in a non public hospital or have a private room in a public hospital and a choice of their own treating doctor.
The downside of this system is the strain on public hospitals and most often a long waiting period for non emergency treatment. Selective surgery may have a 12 month or more waiting period.
Many privately owned rural hospitals also treat public patients if is no nearby public hospital
Overall the two tier system works reasonably well and provides a high quality health system for all.
The days of the bulk of money made out of music going to the record companies and to a very small percentage of artists is ending. The days of getting rich from record sales and big ticket concerts is also ending.
The era of more and more musicians making a 'decent' living out of their art is beginning.
Bring it on.