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  • Mar 22, 2012 @ 05:05pm

    Re: History of Saul Zaentz Company

    Zanz can't dance, but he'll steal your money...

  • Mar 06, 2012 @ 09:14am

    "Limited Edition"?

    It's just a cheesy name for a regional test marketing effort. Companies do it all the time, and yes, sometimes you discover products that you really love that end up getting cancelled.

    I wish I could find Bluebird's Red Velvet Cakes, they're like Red Velvet Twinkies, or Diet Mountain Dew Voltage, or basically every variation of Dew they've ever made except that horrible Code Red stuff. I'm a big fan of Diet Dew and I've also liked all the different variations they made throughout the 2000s, except for Code Red, the oldest one. Guess which one ended up being permanent? Well, Voltage is now permanent, too, it seems, and it's fine, but I've only ever seen the Diet version once.

  • Feb 29, 2012 @ 04:27am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

    Stop. That's another argument for another time.

    We'll be having that when 3D printers become cheap and ubiquitous and people are downloading the plans for someone's copyrighted or patented or whatever device, printing it and having, I don't know, DMCA takedowns of physical objects.

    Then there's 3D simulacra of actors. Someone will be able to fire up, I don't know, Adobe Premiere 2020 and download Angelina Jolie and make movies with her and she will have to sue to protect her likeness. By then, of course, Windows 13 will automatically delete any files related to a DMCA takedown notice without any intervention by the issuer, the rights holder or the user of the computer.

  • Mar 24, 2011 @ 09:12am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

    Why not?

    Is there a part of Copyright Law that specifies how a work must be created?

    How do you define "creatively" vs. "algorithmically"? How can you draw the line? There were algorithmic schemes for creating music a hundred years ago.

    Are you telling me if someone wrote code to create a cool piece of music that he would not be allowed to copyright it?

    Believe it or not, this is already being done, and while the results might not be considered groundbreaking, it's only a matter of time until machine-generated melodies will be mistaken for ones written by a human composer.

    If someone who creates this software publishes the sheet music to one of its creations, he deserves no copyright protection?

  • Oct 02, 2010 @ 05:07pm

    Re: The answer is simple

    How about one based on a prostitution?

  • Apr 27, 2010 @ 01:37pm

    Re: Re: these would not be 'exact' reproductions

    I think I get where you're coming from but any time you buy any software, you agree to a wall of legalese that makes this look like a tiny blurb.

  • Apr 27, 2010 @ 11:14am


    Does it work on Linux?

  • Mar 17, 2010 @ 12:59pm

    The default strategy of lawyers...

    These days, it seems that the default strategy of too many lawyers is to make an endless series of empty threats in the hopes of scaring some poor victim into capitulating. Of course, when large companies do this, they can simply win by virtue of being able to throw more money than a small victim, denying the victim's ability to defend himself. A small victim will have to destroy itself financially to fight back, and then may still not win because you can find a judge to make just about any ruling you could want if you shop around.

  • Feb 23, 2010 @ 02:59pm


    That's what SCO was charging. I'm not sure MS will let you get away so cheaply.

  • Jan 27, 2010 @ 10:32am

    Re: Re: "At Birth"

    If we're lucky. Knowing the clown in charge of the U.S. government, they'll probably tattoo it on our foreheads.

  • Jan 25, 2010 @ 09:46am

    Re: Sadly, Silverman appears to have a good point...

    Try mailing lists. I've been members of e-mail lists for groups like Spock's Beard and the Flower Kings for more a decade and trust me, I am totally hooked into what's going on in the Progressive music world without having to invest a lot of time and energy. Ditto Facebook and other similar places. People are always willing to share their discoveries as am I in return. When you find people that like what you like, you will discover new things you haven't heard about yet.

    Frankly, I'm discovering more great music now than I can afford and have been for quite a few years. Of course, I am willing to put in some effort, and furthermore, my tastes are such that I'm very unlikely to find anything I'm interested through other means. I think the last time I bought something because I heard it on the radio and liked it was about 1991. Commercial radio used to be a great marketing tool for a wide variety of music, but now it's all been boiled down to claustrophobic playlists of cookie cutter artists in formats so rigidly pre-programmed it's like all radio stations of a similar genre are clones.

    Even the "classic rock" stations which generally play stuff I still like are awful. 3/4 of the their programming makes up about 2% of my music collection. If they play it and I don't have it, it's almost always because I simply don't want to buy it. And with newer stuff... well, it's blander and more homogenized than at any time in my life.

  • Nov 24, 2009 @ 11:12am

    Re: Re: Re:

    Well, if that's really the case then Hulu didn't think this thing through very much. I don't have much sympathy if they expose the functionality to the world and then complain when people "abuse" it. Welcome to the world, Hulu.

    In general, I like Hulu a lot and use their service almost every day. I can't imagine Hulu will survive for long, however. They provide too much service with too little hassle. I'll enjoy it while I can and find something else when it's gone.

  • Nov 10, 2009 @ 12:33pm

    Re: Re: The solution is, unfortunately for Mr. Masnick, to use more cameras. . .

    Yes, because those of us who are familiar with the District know that if you slow down, you are more likely to get hit by gun fire.

    Seriously, though, if Red Light Cameras were there to improve safety, I'd support them. People do dangerous things at red lights. I used to live in a high-rise apartment 12 floors above a busy intersection and I used to see accidents at the intersection on a regular basis. There's no doubt that running red lights was a huge factor in this problem.

    But in too many cases, this is all about increasing revenue. Shortening yellow lights is downright evil because it increases accidents. Just another money grab from corrupt officials.

  • Nov 02, 2009 @ 09:03am

    Re: Re:

    "60 Minutes" is only watched by people gullible enough to believe stuff they see on "60 Minutes". Kind of a vicious circle.

    The MSM continues to be become irrelevant. Not only do most people not watch the news shows of the old "big 3 networks", I doubt few people under 30 have _ever_ watched them.

  • Jul 19, 2009 @ 04:03pm

    Re: Crimes

    it does not have the right to unilaterally delete those products I beg to differ. It seems it does.

  • Jul 02, 2009 @ 07:41pm

    eMusic succumbs to stupidity

    I was browsing the jazz section and saw an album with 3 tracks, totalling about 39 minutes, which is a really short album. 12 credits to download.

    This is insane. If it were a 78 minute album, I could see that, but this is half the length of a CD but they are arbitrarily charging the same as they would for twice as much material.

    I was a dedicated and enthusiastic customer for eMusic for 3 and a half years, and did everything I could to promote them on online forums and by word of mouth.

    I no longer feel it's appropriate to promote them and I am considering cancelling my subscription soon.

    Thanks eMusic. I can promise you will lose a ton of loyal customers, especially the kind that reject iTunes and Napster, etc. I guess the only bad thing you _haven't_ done is adopt DRM, and at the rate things are going, I wouldn't be surprised to see that. It seems you've sold out to Sony and the losers will be the indie groups and their fans.

  • Jun 29, 2009 @ 08:33am

    Re: WSJ Says: Wat? opposed to, say, the NYT, which just cuts out the middle man and makes it up.

  • Jun 25, 2009 @ 09:51am


    I think the word you are looking for is "alludes".

    Also, the change hasn't happened yet. eMusic has said the Sony thing will occur in "early July". As far as I can tell the download policy hasn't changed yet.

    Of course, since music comes and goes to eMusic like the wind, there are already tons of things I can't re-download that I've bought over the years, but I'm a compulsive backup-er, so it's not a problem for me.

    I've used it a few times out of convenience, but never out of necessity.

  • May 07, 2009 @ 04:10pm

    Worse Congress feels the need to Do Something(tm)

    Worse, those human stains in Congress are rushing through new legislation that is probably vaguely worded and unconstitutional and definitely chilling of free speech because they have this uncontrollable urge to give the appearance of Doing Something, even though what they usually do is make the problem worse.

    No new laws are needed. This woman is already convicted, and yet those useless gasbags on Capitol Hill have to waste more paper making something illegal, illegal.

  • Apr 15, 2009 @ 10:05am

    Re: interesting interview

    I wonder if she makes Dweezil pay...

    I was delighted a few years ago to see that eMusic carried a big chunk of FZ's catalog. I'm glad I got what I wanted because they disappeared some time since.

    I wonder if Mrs. Zappa is more interested in the seeing that letter of the law is followed or preserving her husband's legacy because she seems to doing a poor job of both.

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