A Little Humor

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Sometimes, when dealing with the insane and overly-serious world of copyright enforcement, one needs to come back to find a little sanity in humor.  

As the master of the parody, Weird Al has a way of both finding humor and hitting at the pulse of whatever topic or artist he covers. It's what has kept him going so long.

That's why I couldn't believe my eyes when I read about a new song posted to his Myspace account that parodied the ongoing insanity surrounding the RIAA and their crusade against file sharing.

It is a true gem of a song and anyone who follows copyright law issues on the Web needs to give this a listen.

Feel free to return when you get done laughing…

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3 COMMENTS

  1. I have been reading your site and would be curious to hear your views on file sharing of music, video and software content. Especially in light of what you call the “ongoing insanity surrounding the RIAA and their crusade against file sharing.” As a musician / composer, and moonlighting recording engineer. It touches close to home. And I have made many interesting observations about the flexibility of morality in myself and others.

  2. Scribe,

    I’ve written on the topic a few times (though not recently), here are some links of interest.

    http://www.plagiarismtoday.com/?p=58
    http://www.plagiarismtoday.com/?p=291

    Basically I agree that the RIAA has the right to go after file sharers but I think their methods are heavy handed and that they are building up resent ment against all copyright holders, not just the “big guys”. Honestly, I think the way they treat copyright holders is just as dangerous as the way they treat users.

    But that’s just my two cents.

  3. Scribe,

    I've written on the topic a few times (though not recently), here are some links of interest.

    http://www.plagiarismtoday.com/?p=58
    http://www.plagiarismtoday.com/?p=291

    Basically I agree that the RIAA has the right to go after file sharers but I think their methods are heavy handed and that they are building up resent ment against all copyright holders, not just the “big guys”. Honestly, I think the way they treat copyright holders is just as dangerous as the way they treat users.

    But that's just my two cents.

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