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June 06, 2005



That's a pretty stupid decision, if ya ask me. Anyone can sing a Madonna song in public. Does that make that person in danger of a lawsuit? Lame.


If they're singing it to an audience... technically, yes, they are. But a busker doesn't have much money to lose, SOE does..


Let’s look at this realistically. The RIAA goes after anything they can. I can’t blame SOE for their decision. I wouldn’t blame the artists either. But come on, the RIAA will take any opportunity it can to "preserve" its income. In my opinion, they'll jump on this before you can say “Happy Birthday.”


Actually... I may be talking rubbish...

I think that it's "recordings" that music publishers tend to own the copyright to. So as long as the music was being made completely originally (i.e. no sampling), then they should be okay...

How else could all those "not original artist" muzak cd's exist?

I hope someone who knows what they're talking about makes a comment soon! :)

Chris Wuestefeld

Why does music (and to a lesser extent video) enjoy the privilege of special protection, compared to other forms of copyrightable expression?

For example, there's nothing stopping my character from walking out in public and reciting the text of Stephen King's latest book. If anything, that would be a greater infringement since the text would be directly usable, but any music would be mangled through an alien instrument.

So why don't we see authors, poets, etc., up in arms about the ability to parrot text in online forums?


There's a separate royalty for the performance of songs for an audience. In the real world, clubs pay a yearly fee to orgs like BMI and ASCAP to allow bands to perform covers in their venues.

As ludicrous as it sounds, a bunch of SWG musicians pounding out a cover of a Madonna tune *could* be interpreted as such a performance. SWG probably doesn't relish the idea of paying licensing fees for each of the totally virtual bars and cantinas. And I'll bet the licensing orgs haven't even begun to consider how to charge for such usage.

Another example of how our culture is rapidly outpacing our copyright laws.


Meh. If you wanted to actually map out what is wrong with SWG, this wouldn't even make the top 20 on my list. It is, however, a byproduct of our completely broken IP establishment.


Man, If what that Lucas Arts producer says is true, then manufacturers of musical instruments, recording equipment and audio software are in deep shit. :\

You can't be that naive to buy it, can you?

NATF (North American Trafe Federation)

I think it all comes down to greed. Sony is trying to protect their financial *ass*ets
and the recording companies are trying to milk as much money out of the populace as possible.
It's just plain, unadulterated greed.

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