Originally posted by Rick Bradford:
In all fairness, is it really common practice to run copyright information when lyrics are quoted in news?
I apologize in advance for the generally pissy tone of this response, but, in the interests of overkill --
Yes, it is
pretty common practice to provide a copyright notice with song lyrics, even in a news item. It's even more common to secure permission for using lyrics, for that matter, especially when quoting their complete text.
Secondly, that particular SPLASH entry wasn't news in any realistic definition of the term -- it was just a brief, "Walt Kelly said it best" preface, followed by the complete texts of the song lyrics. It was not a news item about (for example) a kill-crazy lunatic who chanted the lyrics as he decapitated department store Santas. Had you seen the item, you would have known this and probably not made your above post.
(This is the pissy part.) Third, my original question was, wouldn't such a notice have been appropriate
-- i.e., wouldn't it be nice if one of the co-signers of the Creators' Bill of Rights had respected and recognized the rights of the creator whose work he was presenting in toto
to a large audience, on-line and in easily copied format, without paying a fee? (The irony becomes greater when you consider how much digital ink SPLASH has given in recent months to stories about Web sites being taken down for posting copyrighted material, and related issues.)
Like I said before, I wasn't trying to cause trouble, I was honestly curious.
(The later "punishment and execution" cracks were meant lightly and were probably inappropriate; I apologize for them. Heck, everone hereabouts knows that I worship Rick like a god!)
it was an honest mistake, and I know
that no real harm was done -- but I'm always amazed at how casual people are about things like this, and how often those casual people turn out to be folks with vested interests in the integrity of the copyright system.
Merry Christmas, everyone! Sorry to harsh your mellow!
Let's make 2001 Rick Veitch's year -- drop by the Gutters
and post some kind words about the greatest man who ever lived!
[This message has been edited by Otto Chelman (edited 12-26-2000).]