Sunday, February 16, 2014

More about the "Happy Birthday" case, remixes, and Lawrence Lessig

Apparently Professor Lawrence Lessig is in the songwriting business, as explained, in an account of a New England protest march after the death of Aarom Swartz, titled “We all to honor our country”.  The Site “Above the Law”, a story by Joe Patrice on Jan. 22, 2014, explains the circumstances here. (See also Aug. 28.)
The actual audio is available here.
A radio station in New Jersey (WFMU) has made its own parody if the “Happy Birthday” song to get around Time Warner’s copyright claim (June 14, 2013).

An earlier book “An Army of Davids”, by Instantpundit’s  Glenn Reynolds, mentions Lessig’s involvement with the “Happy Birthday” song before 2006, in a discussion of FCC regulation, controversial now in light of an appeal’s courts net neutrality ruling. I’ll review the book soon, but that old story needs more digging. 

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