[linux-audio-user] Re: Re: Legalities
Bob van der Poel
bob at mellowood.ca
Mon Mar 12 13:08:53 EDT 2007
Klaus Kosten wrote:
> Please have a look at www.olga.net
Hmmm, very interesting. I wasn't aware of this before. Thanks for the
My decaying gray cells seem to recall that there was an issue with sites
with MIDI files ... but if one checks around it appears that there are
thousands of sites full of copyrighted songs in MIDI. Maybe the problem
is too large for the poor lawyers? Or maybe it just costs too much to
send out all these C&D letters.
Honestly, I have no idea of the thinking that goes on with all this.
Not a justification .. but, past experience in the software business has
led me to believe that lots of folks will "steal" software and/or music
... but, the majority of those people would never spend their money for
the same thing ... so, is it really a lost sale?
The other issue which both the OLGA site and this thread points out that
there is very little case law to fall back on. Lots of "in my opinion"
and "we don't need to prove this, but you can spend (waste) your money
on your hobby and try to prove us wrong". IANAL, but I always thought
that case law was pretty important in figuring out how hypothetical
cases might be judged.
If I can rant for a moment, I get quite annoyed by the whole *music
business* which seems to screw artists, reward mediocrity, and promote
business models which evolved in a very different world. I'm just glad
(very glad) that I've been able to enjoy music as a passion over my life
and never needed it as income.
For now I'll just leave my songs up on my site. If I get a C&D I'll take
them down. No big deal to me either way. And, if I am technically
breaking a copyright, I'll sleep well knowing that I'm not hurting
anyone's income :)
Bob van der Poel ** Wynndel, British Columbia, CANADA **
EMAIL: bob at mellowood.ca
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