I just watched this video about 2 guys who have put all combinations of 8 notes in one octave onto a hard-drive. And claim it’s copyrighted.
It’s a lawyer and a nerd, so not 2 of the most ethical people right there…
But, to be clear, their stance is that copyright is stupid, not that they are going to sue everyone from now on.
I dont know what I think of this. On the one hand, i’m worried that the human element, the art, is being devalued… again! Why can’t humans have some laws in place that protects makers and creators? Also, it’s another income stream for musicians gone, this leads logically to no performing rights, everyone can steal anything now!
In the other hand, it’s true, as this video proclaims, that music isn’t just melody and rhythm, how can you write down drone music, or drum and bass, and how can you differentiate between one blues song and another, in terms of notes.
It’s ridiculous too, to be in a situation where… in a legal battle (Katie Perry/Flame) the artist with the most YouTube views wins. Well, that’s not the way it was, but… you know…
But… I must say, I’m a bit old school, I kind of like that, as humans, we have a few strange habits, like art or jewelry or fashion or music, that are held dear to us, enough that we have laws to protect the lonely artist. However messy or illogical it might be.
Anyway, here’s the video