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Name: Erik Sherman
Location: Massachusetts, United States

I'm an independent writer and photographer who covers business, food, technology, books, media, general features, and pretty much anything appealing that results in a signed check. My work has appeared in such places as the New York Times Magazine, Newsweek, Newsweek Japan, Fortune, Inc, Fortune Small Business, the Financial Times, Advertising Age, Saveur, US News & World Report, and Continental

Monday, October 20, 2008

Record Label Infringes Own Copyright

This isn't exactly a writing issue, but it is copyright and strange enough that it should provide some dark humor. An Internet-based record label that uses Creative Commons licensing, to give people free use of the music, had its web site taken down by the company that hosted it. Why? Because it was infringing the copyright of the music. Who owned the music? The record label. Then the site demanded paper copies of the copyright registrations, even though the owners hadn't registered copyright because, after all, they were looking to give it all away. Thank heaven's for corporate America's keen understanding of intellectual property issues.

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