The Supreme Court on Wednesday considered whether Congress violated the Constitution when it took thousands of works by foreign authors out of the public domain. As Chief Justice Roberts described it: “One day I can perform Shostakovich; Congress does something, the next day I can’t. Doesn’t that present a serious First Amendment problem?”
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The irony of copyright law as it stands is that historic orchestral broadcasts are often almost impossible to reissue by anyone, until they pass into the public domain. The standard contract with an orchestra would allow for an initial broadcast and then a single repeat transmission. Thereafter, a new contract would need to be drawn up with the musicians for any further use of that recording. Trying today to track down the performers (or their estates) for a symphony orchestra that existed in 1960 is well-nigh impossible.
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A demonstration of the Booktrack idea of creating a soundtrack for books.

I, for one, read much faster than what’s demonstrated. I realize their website says the sounds are paced to an individual’s reading speed, but I freely admit I’m rather skeptical that the sounds can keep up with someone like me and still function as an enhancement rather than a distraction. Also, how does it deal with a reader going back and re-reading parts? Reading a book isn’t necessarily linear…

(On the plus side, this is a great way to keep all sorts of musicians and sound engineers employed!)

“Obviously, there is piracy that is quite destructive but again I think the data shows that in some cases file sharing might be okay. What we need to do is understand when is it good, when it is not good…Suing fans doesn’t feel like a winning strategy,” he concluded.
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If someone suggested the idea of public libraries now, they’d be considered insane. If you said you were going to take a little bit of money from every taxpayer, buy a whole load of books and music and games, stick them on a shelf and tell everyone, ‘These are yours to borrow and all you’ve got to do is bring them back,’ they’d be laughed out of government.
— Peter Collins, The Secret Life of Libraries (via jingc)
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