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  •  Despite my dependence on copyright law (1+ / 0-)
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    GrumpyOldGeek

    I don't really have a profound understanding of how it all is hashed out in legal terms or, for that matter, actually works in practice. I'm an artist; a scribbler of sorts. Way back in the day I was told by my pesky authority figures that even signing my work is not technically necessary for me to claim any and all rights to my work but that it made the chances of collecting damages in a lawsuit better-- and that the amount of compensation I'd receive for abuse of my rights could be expected to be higher if I signed my work.

    I'd really like to see someone foot the bill to properly challenge the rights to "Happy Birthday" and finally make it part of the public domain. I guess, unless Disney Inc. pushes through another extension for Mickey Mouse, the Hill Foundation (and whoever benefits from that) and Sunny-Birchard might have to actually do something themselves to make a living.

    Just got in from a night of great beer, fine liquor, and delightful company. Off to bed now-- but I wanted to note before retiring (not retroactively, it's just a timezone thing) that for a grumpy, old geek you sure do manage handsomely to carry on a polite and entertaining discussion. Thank you.  

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