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Subject: Copyright on Silence
From: GUEST,Barry T
Date: 02 Jul 02 - 03:55 PM

We've discussed copyright a hundred times here at the 'Cat, but this story takes the cake...

Music Publisher claims copyright on silence

Based on this logic, I hope you'll all honour my new one-note composition titled Concert C! LOL


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Subject: RE: BS: Copyright on Silence
From: GUEST
Date: 02 Jul 02 - 03:58 PM

Quite absurd.

The only certainty is that some lawyers will get richer...


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Subject: RE: BS: Copyright on Silence
From: Clinton Hammond
Date: 02 Jul 02 - 04:00 PM

That's hillarious!


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Subject: RE: BS: Copyright on Silence
From: MudGuard
Date: 02 Jul 02 - 04:04 PM

Be careful if you do NOT post!
I claim the copyright on "absence of text"

Similar to the copyright on silence which is the absence of sound...

MudGuard


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Subject: RE: BS: Copyright on Silence
From: Naemanson
Date: 02 Jul 02 - 05:41 PM


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Subject: RE: BS: Copyright on Silence
From: Naemanson
Date: 02 Jul 02 - 05:43 PM

I challenge you, Mudguard! LOL


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Subject: RE: BS: Copyright on Silence
From: mousethief
Date: 02 Jul 02 - 06:05 PM

How would you prove it's the SAME silence?

Alex


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Subject: RE: BS: Copyright on Silence
From: mousethief
Date: 02 Jul 02 - 06:06 PM

You know, so many classical composers incorporated silence into their works that I'd think Batt would have no problem proving "prior art."

Alex


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Subject: RE: BS: Copyright on Silence
From: C-flat
Date: 02 Jul 02 - 06:12 PM

Naemanson, I have posted the exact same absence of text on other threads and am frankly shocked to find you claiming this absence as your own!
This is a clear case of blatant plagiarism and you will be hearing from my lawyers!
C-flat(pat.pending)


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Subject: RE: BS: Copyright on Silence
From: Stephen L. Rich
Date: 03 Jul 02 - 02:09 AM

As the uncle for whom I was named used to say,"The Universe is an incredibley stupid place in which to live!"


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Subject: RE: BS: Copyright on Silence
From: Doug Chadwick
Date: 03 Jul 02 - 02:09 AM

How do you know it's one silence? It could be two short silences joined together


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Subject: RE: BS: Copyright on Silence
From: katlaughing
Date: 03 Jul 02 - 02:29 AM

I think the publisher and Cage, when he was alive, should have copyrighted the absence of a brain! I never could stand his pretentious crap, anyway.

Do you suppose they will now go after any group that calls for a "Moment of Silence?" Or, maybe WE should copyright that, quick!


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Subject: RE: BS: Copyright on Silence
From: GUEST,ozmacca
Date: 03 Jul 02 - 02:38 AM

... or would it be just the first (or other) part of the same very long silence broken into two or more parts by onr or more periods of noise..... Anyway, what I want to patent is the deliberately inadvertant wrong note - as opposed to the deliberate wrong note or inadvertant wrong note, or even the inadvertant deliberate wrong note, which is so often featured in much flok music.

Having just read this, I think I might also try to patent the inadvertant mis-spelt word....


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Subject: RE: BS: Copyright on Silence
From: Bert
Date: 03 Jul 02 - 03:29 AM

There's just gotta be a song challenge here!


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Subject: RE: BS: Copyright on Silence
From: C-flat
Date: 03 Jul 02 - 03:32 AM

Here's some lyrics,

"......................................................................................................................................................................................."
I only got the first verse, maybe someone else can pick it up?


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Subject: RE: BS: Copyright on Silence
From: Bert
Date: 03 Jul 02 - 03:35 AM

And didn't our own Seamus Kennedy have some silence for his narcoleptic pig in "Old MacDonald's Deformed Farm"


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Subject: RE: BS: Copyright on Silence
From: Hrothgar
Date: 03 Jul 02 - 05:08 AM

Stuck his neck out with the attribution, didn't he?


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Subject: RE: BS: Copyright on Silence
From: Nigel Parsons
Date: 03 Jul 02 - 05:13 AM

I think The British Legion should claim prior rights, on the basis of one (or two) minutes silence being an announced feature of November 11th since the end of WWI .
As to a song challenge, it's too late. "Hello darkness my old friend..."

Nigel


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Subject: RE: BS: Copyright on Silence
From: Nigel Parsons
Date: 03 Jul 02 - 06:31 AM

IIRC somebody recorded a 'single' which was just silence. It was included on numerous Juke boxes and often selected just to get a break in the "Music"


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Subject: RE: BS: Copyright on Silence
From: mooman
Date: 03 Jul 02 - 07:00 AM

Ohmygod! I've infringed copyright!

mooman


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Subject: RE: BS: Copyright on Silence
From: mooman
Date: 03 Jul 02 - 07:01 AM

Oh no it's alright! The post got through...

mooman


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Subject: RE: BS: Copyright on Silence
From: GUEST,T-boy
Date: 03 Jul 02 - 07:59 AM

Didn't John Lennon once do a 'two minutes silence' on one of his albums? Maybe Yoko should cough up some royalties too.


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Subject: RE: BS: Copyright on Silence
From: CapriUni
Date: 03 Jul 02 - 08:41 AM

Obviously, Batt's composition is very different.

First off, Cage wrote in 4/4 time; the score of the first 5 bars are (all rests):

Whole Note
Whole note
Quarter note, eighth note, eighth note, half note
Whole note
Whole note

But Batt's composition, although it is also written entirely with rests, is clearly in 3/4 time, and begins:

Quarter note, eighth note, quarter note, eighth note
Dotted half
eighth note, eighth note, half
eighth note, eighth note, quarter, quarter Dotted half

How the lawyers could confust the two is beyond me!!


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Subject: RE: BS: Copyright on Silence
From: Wincing Devil
Date: 03 Jul 02 - 11:28 AM

I'm reminded of an old Batman TV episode in which the Joker claimed a copyright on the alphabet...


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Subject: RE: BS: Copyright on Silence
From: MMario
Date: 03 Jul 02 - 11:41 AM

c-flat.

Please! Punctuation!

That should have read...

"...............,.............;
................,..............
................,........................,
.............,...............,........................;
.............,....................!"

I believe the second verse is:

"...............,.............
................,..............;
................,........................
.............,...............!........................:
.............,....................!"


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Subject: RE: BS: Copyright on Silence
From: Bardford
Date: 03 Jul 02 - 12:06 PM

The CBC interviewed Batt on Monday night. A couple of points- he registered the composition as co-written by Batt/Cage, but it was Clint Cage who was the collaborator, not John. (Clint Cage=Batt, of course.)

Also, Batt pointed out that Cage's piece was an analog recording, whilst his was digital. They played an excerpt from Batt's piece, but I didn't hear it as I had turned my radio down.

Frankly, I would like to see Milli Vanilli perform either of the pieces, maybe with Marcel Marceau.


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Subject: RE: BS: Copyright on Silence
From: C-flat
Date: 03 Jul 02 - 12:13 PM

Apologies MMario, As usual I got carried away with the lyrical flow and missed the punctuation.
Here's a bunch to add in where appropriate,
("!,?;.`:")


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Subject: RE: BS: Copyright on Silence
From: GUEST,Ernest C
Date: 03 Jul 02 - 12:40 PM

On Rhymes and Reasons, John Denver sang "The Ballad of Spiro Agnew" (Tom Paxton) "I'll sing you a song of Spiro Agnew, and all the things he's done.", followed by an appropriate silence. Then he did "The Ballad of Richard Nixon" which was just seven seconds of silence.


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Subject: RE: BS: Copyright on Silence
From: Noreen
Date: 03 Jul 02 - 12:57 PM

Thanks for putting the line breaks in, MMario...


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Subject: RE: BS: Copyright on Silence
From: catspaw49
Date: 03 Jul 02 - 01:16 PM

Let me get the copyright on gaseous efflusive flatulence. My ass is a wind instrument and a fart is a whole note.........

BBRRAAAWWWMMPP



Copyright that!

Spaw


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Subject: RE: BS: Copyright on Silence
From: Bardford
Date: 03 Jul 02 - 01:40 PM

Uh, Spaw, shouldn't that be hole note?


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Subject: RE: BS: Copyright on Silence
From: C-flat
Date: 03 Jul 02 - 01:54 PM

Was that the opening line of "Blowing in the wind"?


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Subject: RE: BS: Copyright on Silence
From: EBarnacle1
Date: 03 Jul 02 - 02:42 PM

You cannot copyright on punctuation. The estate of Victor Borge will get into the act.


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Subject: RE: BS: Copyright on Silence
From: GUEST,Just Amy
Date: 03 Jul 02 - 02:56 PM

ROTFLMAO ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________!


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Subject: RE: BS: Copyright on Silence
From: EBarnacle1
Date: 03 Jul 02 - 03:23 PM

whatever that means


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Subject: RE: BS: Copyright on Silence
From: Catherine Jayne
Date: 03 Jul 02 - 05:44 PM

EBarnacle, I think what Just Amy means is "Rolling On The Floor Laughing My Arse Off!!!) I agree with her this has provided me with an evening full of chuckles........you can't copyright chuckling.......can you???


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Subject: RE: BS: Copyright on Silence
From: Rt Revd Sir jOhn from Hull
Date: 03 Jul 02 - 05:52 PM

i think they are taking the piss.john


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Subject: RE: BS: Copyright on Silence
From: Bradypus
Date: 03 Jul 02 - 06:15 PM

Mike Batt's 'One minute silence' is a musical joke. It's a much better joke tan 4'33", but mostly because 4'33" got there first. When I first saw the Planets album, the Batt / Cage attribution had me laughing out loud. (and not because of images of vampires behind bars).It seems to me that Cage certainly contributes to the effectiveness of the work.

Perhaps they could come to an agreement based on royalties for the number of notes played ...


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Subject: RE: BS: Copyright on Silence
From: Penny S.
Date: 03 Jul 02 - 06:25 PM

George Fox and the Seekers - 1652 have some claim to precede Cage. Silence must therefore be in the public domain.


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Subject: RE: BS: Copyright on Silence
From: McGrath of Harlow
Date: 03 Jul 02 - 07:29 PM

Silent orders of monks - notably Cistercians and Carthusians, got in there long before the Quakers. (The difference being that the main time the Silent Orders break their silence is in church, while the only time some Friends hold their tongues is in Meeting.)

Maybe there could be a CD put out some time as an enumenical gesture. One side would be a Carthusian or Cistercian silence, and the other would be a Quaker silence.


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Subject: RE: BS: Copyright on Silence
From: little john cameron
Date: 03 Jul 02 - 08:06 PM

CBC interview HERE


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Subject: RE: BS: Copyright on Silence
From: GUEST,Sonja
Date: 03 Jul 02 - 10:49 PM

LOL, Capri!
 
 

Aw, Spaw, I wanted to take out the copyright on farting, but ya beat me to it.  OK, I'll just copyright not farting!
 

Sonja

~SWO~


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Subject: RE: BS: Copyright on Silence
From: Liz the Squeak
Date: 17 Jul 02 - 02:58 AM

Spaw, you've copyrighted the huge botty trumpets, what about the girly little poots? Can I have them??

LTS


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Subject: RE: BS: Copyright on Silence
From: Dave Bryant
Date: 17 Jul 02 - 05:55 AM

Liz - you can hardly claim to have a little Botty.

Why don't we start playing 4' 33" in music sessions - we could play it like "Speed the Plough" and get faster and faster - I wonder just how short we could make the last one ?


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Subject: RE: BS: Copyright on Silence
From: CapriUni
Date: 17 Jul 02 - 08:09 AM

Besides, isn't a Botty Trumpet an instrument, just the same as a regular brass trumpet?

I figure, you can copyright a tune played on and instrument, but not the instrument itself.

(Especially if everyone has one. Doesn't matter if they choose not to play it.)


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Subject: RE: BS: Copyright on Silence
From: GUEST,ozmacca
Date: 17 Jul 02 - 06:28 PM

However, you could patent a new device to be used with an existing commonly available apparatus, such as a revolutionary new concept of mouthpiece, for example...... Hmmm - No, come to think of it, forget I spoke..........


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Subject: RE: BS: Copyright on Silence
From: Liz the Squeak
Date: 17 Jul 02 - 06:31 PM

Did I say I had a little botty? No. I said, can I have the girly poots?

Obviously, after the vegeburgers for supper, this is not possible. Spaw, I'm sorry, I've infringed your copyright.... when would you like to collect?

As for the 'revolutionary new concept of mouthpiece, for example' - ever tried farting through a thong? Bit like that thing some people can do with their thumbs and a blade of grass.....

LTS


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Subject: RE: BS: Copyright on Silence
From: Dave Bryant
Date: 18 Jul 02 - 05:42 AM

Without getting too personal, Liz, most instruments go down in pitch as they increase in size. I would therefore think that you've got a bass base - and "poots" are defintely scored in the treble clef. By the time you've had the vegeburgers I would also expect a powerful fortissimo - I hope that poor thong has carbon fibre or tungsten steel reinforcements - perhaps it's that which produces the higher overtones.


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Subject: RE: BS: Copyright on Silence
From: EBarnacle1
Date: 18 Jul 02 - 10:35 AM

This opens up a whole new field of music as long as you copyright it first. Consider pressing one note on a key-board and letting the electrical system vary the intensity at 60 cycles. It could be called the music of the cosmos, or at least ConEd.


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Subject: RE: BS: Copyright on Silence
From: Liz the Squeak
Date: 18 Jul 02 - 11:59 PM

Dave - in the strident tones of Brian's mother "how much more personal can you get?" The size of the container does not always correspond with the size of the opening.... Big bottles have the same size mouths as little bottles...... understand whatI'm getting at here?

If you go the Science Museum (UK) there is an exhibition on at the moment called 'Grossology' which will explain why we get girly toots and Spaw-like braaarmps. This is possibly the only genuine case where size really doesn't matter.

LTS


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Subject: RE: BS: Copyright on Silence
From: Dave Bryant
Date: 19 Jul 02 - 05:28 AM

And I thought that those "pooting" noises came from Manitas' melodeon ! - I'll sit further away next time - especially if you eat vegeburgers !


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Subject: RE: BS: Copyright on Silence
From: Nigel Parsons
Date: 19 Jul 02 - 05:36 AM

"Beans, beans, the musical fruit,
The more you eat, the more you toot"

or
"Beans, beans are good for the heart,
The more you eat, the more you fart!"

Nigel


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Subject: RE: BS: Copyright on Silence
From: Skipjack K8
Date: 19 Jul 02 - 05:40 AM

To plagiarize a commentator on Front Row, the BBC Radio 4 daily arts programme that reported a huge increase in their mailbag after the Batt/Cagg circus was mentioned, as the two minute silence observed every Armistice day is 'traditional', the credits on the disc should read 'Trad, arranged by Batt'.

Skipjack


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Subject: RE: BS: Copyright on Silence
From: mooman
Date: 19 Jul 02 - 06:42 AM

Dear Liz,

I have discussed your thong with W L Gore and Co., the makers of the much-discussed-at-Mudcat coated Elixir strings. They say that it should be perfectly feasible to coat your thong using either their polyweb or nanoweb technology. Whichever is chosen, their will be a marked decrease is corrosion and hence increase in thong life. There will also be less friction and unintended noise, so you may have to drop "...the Squeak" part from your Mudcat name. My experience with Elixir technology is that it can definitely help in reaching those difficult-to-get high notes...

Vive le Virago!

(which reminds me...must send you a photie!)

Best regards,

mooman


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Subject: RE: BS: Copyright on Silence
From: GUEST,Steve
Date: 19 Jul 02 - 07:35 AM

...the more you fart, the better you feel
So let's have beans for every meal"


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Subject: RE: BS: Copyright on Silence
From: GUEST
Date: 20 Jul 02 - 04:09 AM


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Subject: RE: BS: Copyright on Silence
From: Nigel Parsons
Date: 23 Jul 02 - 10:33 AM

As someone so neatly pointed out in the letters section of The Telegraph today, Mike Batt can refute any claims of plagiarism by stating that he has never heard the original composition!

Nigel


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Subject: RE: BS: Copyright on Silence
From: Ian Darby
Date: 25 Jul 02 - 09:49 PM

These boys are on to a good thing.

The space between each track on an album could now prove to be a potential source of income.

(The first Planxty album had the longest silences between tracks I've ever heard.)

Also, Cage's 'silence' was probably recorded using Dolby 'B' noise reduction, whereas Mike Batt may have favoured Dolby 'C'.

What about the guy (mentioned earlier) who 'recorded' a silent '45 for use on jukeboxes where punters wanted a bit of peace and quiet, where does he stand? I'm sure he was the first to consider this....

The next step would be to copyright tape hiss.

Finally, I don't want to encourage anybody, but if nobody has ever bothered to patent/copyright the twelve bar blues structure, fret noise, or THAT Robert Johnson/Elmore James riff......


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Subject: RE: BS: Copyright on Silence
From: Dave Bryant
Date: 26 Jul 02 - 11:18 AM

What about all the floor-singers who forget their words - should they have to pay royalties for the silence ?


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Subject: RE: BS: Copyright on Silence
From: Genie
Date: 27 Jul 02 - 01:17 AM

How about copyrighting individual silences of given lengths? E.g,, Could I register a copyright on a half-measure rest? Someone else on a quarter note rest?

Genie


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