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June 23, 2006

YouTube Questions

Michael Blowhard writes:

Dear Blowhards --

Watching an old video of some yoga immortals that someone posted on YouTube, Alan Little wonders what kind of legal ground is being trod. Watching some videos of the Harlem Globetrotters posted on YouTube, Bill Gates wrestles with the same question. Great Gates quote: "Stolen's a strong word. It's copyrighted content that the owner wasn't paid for."

I've been telling young people for years to go into copyright law. There isn't going to be a shortage of work in that field for a long time to come.



posted by Michael at June 23, 2006


This comment has nothing to do with copyright law (the piece performed is in the public domain), but this looked like the thread to mention it in; insofar as it does lead to a blog post with a YouTube link).

What am I talking about?

This: Pachabel on Guitar. Also has a link to a .wmv file download. The video is of a kid who arranged and played Pachabel's Canon for guitar. I haven't listened (on dial-up), but Zoe has and I trust her taste.

Just thought I'd share with others.

Posted by: Alan Kellogg on June 24, 2006 7:13 AM

"Bill Gates' comments would appear to be a case in point. You can hear the wheels turning as Gates thinks through the reality of his actions before finally admitting that he has indeed downloaded and consumed copyrighted content."

Amusing, given the attack-dog status of Microsoft lawyers if they thought copywrighted material of theirs had been "not paid for."

On the other hand, I'm sure Steve Jobs isn't surprised to hear that Bill Gates is rather technical in his definition of "stolen". Although, in their battles, the fact that the software wasn't "copywrighted" was Gates' defense---as if a copywright governed all. Seems he has changed his mind when another argument works better for him!

Posted by: annette on June 26, 2006 1:46 PM

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