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Music copyright lawsuit

There have been a number of news reports (one linked below) about a lawsuit filed against internet radio site Pandora by the big companies who are claiming copyright violation for classic rock songs.

This is an extremely important issue.  Many people, having read that music recordings issued in the US before February 1972 aren't covered by US copyright law, assume that such recordings are in the public domain. But this suit claims that they are covered by US state copyright laws.

They are probably right.  I'm not an authority, but I've read in reliable sources (books by Nolo Press) that due to state copyright laws and common laws, in fact no recorded music is in the public domain in the US.

The research I've done indicates that the copyright status of recorded music is a particularly chaotic and confusing area.  I don't know if this lawsuit will clarify things, but anyone interested in the issue should be following it.

(An example of the confusion:  suppose I buy second hand a CD issued in the 1980s by a now defunct company in Czechoslovkia which includes an unremastered recording taken off a 78 rpm recording made by an unspecified company in Greece in 1932.  I put the recording from the CD on my desktop computer in the US, remaster it with software I have on that computer, and put my remastered version on a non-commercial publicly accessible web site.  Have I violated copyright?  Or, How do I know if I've violated coypright?  Or, if I have or may have violated copyright permission, whom do I contact to get it? Try to get an answer to those questions.)
Sony, Warner, and Universal argue that under state law, the music streaming service must pay license fees for songs recorded before 1972.
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Appleton: Downtown Parking

This photo is one I've edited to block out in black areas of the Downtown Appleton area devoted to ramp or street parking.  It comes from applying to the Google Earth image information from the Appleton Downtown Inc. downtown parking map, from my own observation walking around, and from visual inspection of the image to see where cars are parked on the street.

It probably isn't 100% accurate, but I think it is nearly so.  In particular, I don't think I've included all the on street parking.  I'll be glad to include corrections in a revised version.

The purpose of the image is just to point out how much real estate is devoted to the temporary storage of personal automobiles -- a fact which is a sort of an "elephant in the room.:" something screamingly obvious which no one ever wants to mention.

You can click on the image for an enlargement.  You can also see it and comment on it at my blog:  http://appletonspublicface.blogspot.com/
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The basic answer is 100%:  see the book The HIgh Cost of Free Parking by Donald Shoup.
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Six-worder

Born:  "Don't WANNA!"  Dying:  "Don't WANNA!"

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Local Hero

Charming, quirky film set in Scotland

Local Hero is a genuine cult movie, the kind that has a small but devoted following of fans, though it's not popular among other people who don't "get it." It concerns a trio of executives from a huge Houston corporation (led by Burt Lancaster, who is excellent in an unusual-for-him comic role) who travel to the remote Scottish Highlands to negotiate the purchase of an entire village as an oil trans-shipment port.

The film's appeal is hard to explain: much of the humor is of the dead-pan, shaggy dog type, and the atmosphere continually verges on fantasy without quite showing anything that's literally impossible. The well-photographed Scottish landscape is extremely beautiful. All in all, a very enjoyable, unfairly neglected film. No particular advisories, though much of the humor will be beyond children. I saw it on the Warner Home Video DVD; transfer very good.
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The House

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MacNeil of Barra/The Sealwoman's Croon/Glenlogie

My arrangement of three traditional Scottish songs, The Ballad of MacNeil of Barra, The Sealwoman’s Croon, and Glenlogie, for two horns, cello, treble flute, and percussion. The first two are very obscure; Glenlogie is better known but usually performed in a different mood than I’ve given it here. There’s some interesting folklore around the first two – MacNeil was supposedly composed by a witch and Croon by a seal!

This is something of a work in progress; the ensemble is admittedly an unusual one, and I'm not sure I have the instrumentation right.

This sound file was created with software, but I hope it would be performable by musicians.

PDF score available at: goo.gl/qweqhH

Image: beach on Barra, Scotland
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Abu Ghraib


There are black holes in our world
where existence has collapsed upon itself
into a void so dense no light escapes

where insect pleasure feeds on insect pain
and the lips of leering legionaries
erupt in smiles like tumors

who falls therein comes out God's other side
where the rustling of rats is the only answered prayer:

Gestapo   Gestapo   Gestapo


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Incident

It was dawn when they came to kill us.  The bleak sun
of winter was only a whitening of the mist
over the far hills from where they came.
The earliest screams brought others from their houses,
and their cries roused more sleepers out to die.
My mother, who'd gone for water, was one of the first.
Young as I was, I still ran to protect her,
was stabbed in the chest and thigh and fell to earth
as she fell over me:  lying there, I felt her
give three desperate gasps, as if the air
could anchor her to life, then breathe no more.
Some instinct made me lie completely quiet,
and since the murderers turned to deal with those
our fight had drawn outdoors, I kept my life,
seeing through the lashes of one eyelid
how neighbors, cousins, friends all died around me.
It all seemed very slow and ordinary:
the killers took their time and liked their work.
Their victims each met death a different way:
some pouring curses out with their life's blood,
some vainly bartering with promised gold,
some weeping childlike tears of acquiescence,
some pleading youth or age or prime of life
as reasons why their case should be exempted,
some numb with horror, some quite mad and laughing.
Their deaths were individual as their lives,
and as identical as all lives' ends.
The raiders left to search for people hiding,
and I crawled out from under my mother's body
and lowered myself into the largest well,
the only one with hand- and foot-holds in it,
fearing that they'd come back, and I was right.
For centuries I heard the further slaughter,
bleeding into the slimy rock I clung to.
Twice I was grazed by bundles tumbling down
to sound the earth's wet heartbeat far below.
I don't remember coming out, but somehow
I was standing in the sunlight watching people
loading the dead for hauling and looking on me
with amazed kindness.  They pulled up from my well
the bodies of two children, a boy and a girl,
both with slit throats, the bruises still
livid on the girl's small and hairless sex.
There were inquiries held, of course, but no one punished.
The government blamed the rebels, the rebels the army,
and the army denied it.  The rulers had no answers,
the priests had no answers, the poets had no answers.
Only in silent dreams, two naked children,
angelic, unblemished, with grave and luminous eyes,
hold the answers flowering in their hands.

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Appleton: Downtown Parking

This photo is one I've edited to block out in black areas of the Downtown Appleton area devoted to ramp or street parking.  It comes from applying to the Google Earth image information from the Appleton Downtown Inc. downtown parking map, from my own observation walking around, and from visual inspection of the image to see where cars are parked on the street.

It probably isn't 100% accurate, but I think it is nearly so.  In particular, I don't think I've included all the on street parking.  I'll be glad to include corrections in a revised version.

The purpose of the image is just to point out how much real estate is devoted to the temporary storage of personal automobiles -- a fact which is a sort of an "elephant in the room.:" something screamingly obvious which no one ever wants to mention.

You can click on the image for an enlargement.  You can also see it and comment on it at my blog:  http://appletonspublicface.blogspot.com/
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Downtown Appleton on a weekday afternoon

If parking meters discourage people from coming downtown to shop, why are all the metered parking places occupied?
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Introduction
         
Jon Corelis was born in  California and grew up in and around Chicago, where he earned a degree in   Classical Languages and Literatures at the College of the University of  Chicago. He later took a doctorate in Classics at Stanford, and taught  Classics and Humanities at Stanford, the University of California, and the  University of Minnesota.   After a subsequent career as a software specialist in Silicon Valley, he moved to Northeastern Wisconsin, where he lives with his wife, Suzanne Mills.  His poetry, criticism, essays, reviews, and translations have been published in books, magazines, newspapers, and web sites in eight countries, and he has given lectures and readings by invitation in America and Europe.

His writings, music, and projects may be found on a number of web sites, including the following web sites of his own:

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