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Intellectual Property Run Amok

http://www.motherjones.com/news/exhibit/2006/03/intellectual_property.html

A DAY AFTER Senator Orrin Hatch said “destroying their machines” might be the only way to stop illegal downloaders, unlicensed software was discovered on his website.
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FOR INCLUDING a 60-second piece of silence on their album, the Planets were threatened with a lawsuit by the estate of composer John Cage, which said they’d ripped off his silent work 4’33”. The Planets countered that the estate failed to specify which 60 of the 273 seconds in Cage’s piece had been pilfered.

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erinearl
Mar. 29th, 2006 03:13 pm (UTC)
Hehe, have you heard the Planets bit? (I haven't.) If it's actually silence and recorded as such then the estate of John Cage completely missed the point of 4'33", which is to be performed live, and thus never actually silent at all.

It's really interesting, actually. Although no two performances are _exactly_ like the others, there are certain tendencies. It kind of hapens in an arc. Everyone kind of settles in while the performer walks up to the piano, and then goes really quiet as they wait for him/her to start. After a while, everyone starts to feel uncomfortable with the length of silence, and you start to hear rustling, maybe some whispering. Someone giggles. Suddenly, coughs break out. The contagion continues, peaks, and gradually dies out. Eventually everyone gets the point and it goes quiet as they wait for it to finish.

Anyway, sorry. </nerd> :) 60 seconds is a minute of silence - do they want to sue everybody that ever performs a minute of silence?
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