Thursday, September 04, 2008

Sarahcuda

They waited until tonight to play Heart's "Barracuda"?
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7 comments:

Samay said...

Maybe Heart are democrats, too, and they didn't want to get in trouble yet again for illegaly using music. I mean, the Republicans were the ones who forced through the idiotic new copyright act, they should know not to use music without paying for it.

Sockless Joe said...

I could have sworn that I read recently that, as a non-profit, the party could use the song at the convention without permission so long as they had a legitimate copy.

I agree that copyright law is messed up. I think it's a stretch to say that the length of copyright is keeping with the spirit of the copyright clause in the Constitution, "...by securing for limited Times...".

For all practical purposes it's indefinite now. Not that I think the SCOTUS has the authority to determine what that length should be, but it's clearly gotten out of hand.

Anonymous said...

They may have the right to play the song but choose not to do so if they believe there will be backlash from the band. The GOP used a song by an artist who promptly went ripshit earlier in the convention - I forget the name of the artist, but I'm sure the Republicans were keen to avoid similar negative publicity with Heart if possible.

~MJA

Anonymous said...

Per Gawker, Heart has responded to the use of the song.

~MJA

Sockless Joe said...

At least one co-writer (who is an Obama supporter) doesn't care.

There's a long history of this. I think Reagan used "Born in the USA" much to The Boss's irritation.

Anonymous said...

Yeah, and after Mellencamp threw a fit when they wanted to use 'Little Pink Houses'

~MJA

Samay said...

Copyrights don't matter if you're non-profit or not, you can play your own CD on your own stero as long as it's not for a public performance, which a convention clearly is.

There used to be more exceptions, but like I said, the Republicans are the ones who took them out.