Earl Gray

Earl Gray
"You can argue with me but, in the end, you'll have to face that fact that you're arguing with a squirrel." - Earl Gray

Saturday, April 7, 2012

...worse than someone stealing your words...

The only thing worse than someone stealing your words is no one stealing your words.

When the video above was posted to YouTube on December 19th, 2011, the copyright owners precluded viewers. No problem. It's their product. By April 7th, 2012, though, they had changed their minds, removing all restrictions worldwide. Why the change of heart?

In fact, this is the trend today. Music producers who go to such great lengths to get their songs onto radio and television are realizing that fan homages like this one are excellent free advertising.

One wonders when poetry publishers will come to the same inescapable conclusion and start using Creative Commons.

1 comment:

  1. Hi Earl,

    My copy of Grasshopper arrived in the mail yesterday and in addition to reading it, I'll be doing some "decoding" of poetic forms and scansion basics (slowly, but...) as I'm severely deficient in those areas. Funny, I've written "poetry" but don't have a grounding in those fundamental things!

    I'm in the process of rebuilding my blog and hope to eventually have some posts exploring the poetics issues/ideas I've been gnawing on. Being so "ungrounded," though, made me realize I have a lot to learn before I can even figure out whether or not I agree with what you say here! :)

    I'll let you know when my blog gets a little further along but just wanted to assure you I didn't drop in earlier with the sole intention of making you do a lot of work only to disappear ungratefully. I'm just not able to add anything constructive to the discussion at this point.


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