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Quote of the Day - Classical music is the kind we keep thinking will turn into a tune. - Kin Hubbard
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That headline is exactly the holding of Bridgeport Music and Westbound Records v. Dimension Films and Miramax Film. Great. Unlike most of my entries, I've started with the end instead of the beginning.

Upside down thinking. Well, at least you know how it turns out ahead of time.

Apparently, rappers were using parts of copyrighted songs in their Hip-hop tunes. I know, you don't like rap. Fine. Now that we've got that out of our system, just go with the flow here. I'll return to the intellectual aspect of this post in just a minute.

But first, a little rap greeting for you.

There. Don't you feel better now?

As you likely have heard by now, songs are copyrighted. But what about the individual sounds that make up those songs?

I mean, aren't individual sounds like letters in the alphabet (ABC's)? How can you copyright those?

Well, the Sixth Circuit decided that you can and they are. Copyrighted, that is. So now, rappers can't just blindly copy sounds from songs without paying the original artist.

That leaves a much larger question of how someone's going to be able to tell where the sounds come from. Admittedly, I don't understand rap, and don't want to. I definitely know I don't want to be in the rap copyright police force.

Just imagine listening to rap all day long with the express purpose of trying to figure out which artist gets paid for every three seconds of fame in a three-minute-long rap song.

But if they let me do it on the club scene, maybe.

But then again, NOT.

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