That ludicrous case where our ridiculously long copyright terms were used by some contemptible IP squatters to rob a prominent Australian band for an homage to a traditional song?
As you heard back in February, tragically not thrown out. And today the shameless parasites got five percent – less than the absurd sixty percent they demanded, but still much more than the “not a cent and you can pay the defendants’ costs you loathsome cockroaches” they deserved.
When will we get some copyright reform that’s about defending the public domain, not imposing ever more offensively lengthened monopoly terms? Death of the author plus seventy years indeed.
ELSEWHERE: In other recent copyright news:
- How Fox would treat the characters in Glee, its successful TV series about young performers who cover existing songs, in real life;
- Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke has predicted the long-deserved end of the music labels:
He says, “It will be only a matter of time – months rather than years – before the music business establishment completely folds. (It will be) no great loss to the world.”
- At least one country is properly standing up against the corporate copyright monopolists and their proxies in the US State Department on ACTA – India.
Naturally, our two major parties are on the pro-corporate anti-public side in all of these debates.
UPDATE: Oh, I forgot this link, where a music industry lobbyists calls for the death penalty for copyright infringement. These are the people to whom our elected representatives are listening.
As you say Jeremy, this bullshit should have been thrown out before it got anywhere. It’s nothing but a feast for the lawyers.
Trying to track who owns Larrikin Records now is not that easy although I see News Limited had their snouts in that particular trough for a long time.
It looks like ultimately, it’s owned by the Warner Group.
The only justification for the existence of the state-created monopoly rights we call intellectual property is that society benefits from them. This area of law is in need of thoroughgoing reform to ensure that intellectual property rights are no more extensive than is necessary to achieve this goal.
Kind of related:
I bought a Kindle a few weeks ago (best money I’ve spent for a long time) and come up against the stupid copyright laws. I’ve always been able to buy a paper book from Amazon, but now I often come across ‘this ebook cannot be downloaded to Australia’ despite the hardcover/paperback being available.
Stupid. Like music, if the book publishers don’t get their act together on electronic publishing they are stuffed. These stupid copyright squabbles will only result in more piracy as well.
Can’t wait for record companies to die. Archaic bureaucracy in this day and age.
The worst thing about this whole sorry episode was that Larrakin Music didn’t even realise the rif had been ‘stolen’ until the Gruen Transfer (I think) did an episode on the similarities in the two songs in 2002.
So for 30 years, despite endless repetition, no-one in Australia even realised the riff was from the kookaburra song.
As such it staggers me that the courts found the way they did.
Maybe how the copyright was obtained was worse – in a deceased estate auction .
“The worst thing about this whole sorry episode was that Larrakin Music didn’t even realise the rif had been ‘stolen’ until the Gruen Transfer (I think) did an episode on the similarities in the two songs in 2002.”
“deceased estate auction”
As I said earlier, nothing but a fucking lawyers feast. Pricks. (Blogs owners excepted.)
“As I said earlier, nothing but a fucking lawyers feast. Pricks. “
Well, a revolting feast for one side. The other side was trying to shut it down. I’m not going to damn both sides equally: I agree with the lawyers who were defending it – somebody had to try to stand up to Larrikin’s shameless lot.
Yeh, point taken.
1. steal an ancient welsh ditty and rename it “kookaburra”
2. copyright as your own song
3. sue the pants off anyone else who copies it after you