Mudcat Café message #38546 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #6498   Message #38546
Posted By: BSeed
18-Sep-98 - 03:34 PM
Thread Name: Intellectual property
Subject: RE: Intellectual property
Several years ago, when this copyright crap first hit the national press, it was reported that ASCAP or whoever was trying to stop the girl scouts from singing "This Land Is Your Land" at campfires during summer camp, the idea being, I guess, that since the girls paid for the camp, the campfire was part of a commercial venture (can you imagine Woody's reaction? One verse of that song specifically denounces the idea of private property). The same article indicated that "Happy Birthday" was still under copyright (not copywright--it's the right to copy). Can you imagine the copyright police busting a pizza parlor when the waiters gather and sing for a birthday child? --seed