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Re: Licensing and Rape-Proofing your ideals.

by fmogavero (Monk)
on Apr 24, 2001 at 17:43 UTC ( #75045=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Licensing and Rape-Proofing your ideals.

Brother dep, I know wxactly how you feel. I experienced the same thing through the music industry. I had a demo tape that I was pasing around in Southern California. Imagine when my shock when I heard my song as the background for a car commercial!

I should have copyrighted that song sooner. It wouldn't have made any difference. In a court of law you have to prove that someone was able to hear your song. Good Luck!

That was a lesson that I learned about the music business! It's not about music, it's about business. Just like the porn business or show business or the software business. It all comes down to the almighty dollar.

That's all my song was worth to them. Dollars! They did not care about the intention behind my song. They screwed me so well that if I told you the car commercial, I'd get my hand legally slapped.

The only thing we can do as a community to prevent things like this from happening, is to band together and let the money hoarders know we don't want to take their (explitive deleted). Lotta good that will do when I gotta feed my children.

Don't sign the "Intellectual Property" paperwork. That means that you might not get the gig. Have them add a stipulation stating that they can have the actual code but (add the Microsoft reverse engineering clause) they can't have the underlying methodology. You probably still won't get the gig.

Any music I compose now stays inside my studio. I may try to release it some day. And you can bet if I do I will have to go into business just to save my songs from exploitation.

I'm crying right along side you.

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Re: Re: Licensing and Rape-Proofing your ideals.
by mothra (Hermit) on Apr 24, 2001 at 21:39 UTC
    I should have copyrighted that song sooner.
    Actually you already did have it copyrighted. In both the US and Canada you become the owner of the copyright of an original work that you've created automatically.

    For more deatils, start here

      You are 100% correct mothra. There is a ruling in the US courts that says the only legally permissable evidence is a proof of authorship from the library of congress. That is why the old "mail yourself a copy and keep it unopened" does not work. They decided against that method.

      Also, I don't have the time or money to go up against a corporation. I don't know where my witnesses are at this point and I don't even think that they used more than four or five bars from it.

      Thanks for the link!

      But it is not a registered copyright, only *implied* and you have to prove it is your work, original, and created/published before the alleged infraction or the work.

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