Definitely Copyright/Fair Use/Creative Commons week on the K-12OSC blog! Which I enjoy, as a topic, because the education field does not give enough attention to this important topic.
Recently, I discovered the blog of rock group The Cure. I always followed them, but never really went to their site. I am not one of those stalker band folks, so except for the Smashing Pumpkins, I did not visit sites much. I did visit The Cure’s recently to look for upcoming concerts. I would love to attend one of their shows. No upcoming concerts, but I did discover a pretty good, regularly updated blog by front man Robert Smith. One of the first entries was a notice to folks about his views on free and cheap music. As usual with the media, it appears some of his comments were misinterpreted. Recently, the band Radiohead, put out a gimmick when they released a cd for ‘whatever you wanted to pay for it.’ Yes, Radiohead is out there trying to understand this new media landscape, but I think Smith hit the nail on the head–a gimmick. Because of that, all his words were misinterpreted to suggest he thought all music should be proprietary.
Even with my strong Creative Commons/Copyleft views, I agree with Smith. No one should put out all their music free. Sometimes I think that works, like the Pumpkins recently releasing a few songs on their latest album free (http://www.k12opensourceclassroom.org/?p=410). In their case, they entice you to buy the whole collection with these freebies in hand. Obviously, music would disintegrate if all music had to be released free. Again, like in Boyle’s The Public Domain, we on this side do not want to abolish Copyright. We just do not want it abused with things like DRM. If I buy a cd or mp3, let me put it on as many of my machines, cds, etc as I want, as long as I stay within the tenants of Copyright.
So this definitely makes me even more of a Smith and Cure fan. I will be interested to read future blogs…
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