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The future is here today : you can't play Bach on Facebook because Sony says they own his compositions

James Rhodes, a pianist, performed a Bach composition for his Facebook account, but it didn’t go up — Facebook’s copyright filtering system pulled it down and accused him of copyright infringement because Sony Music Global had claimed that they owned 47 seconds’ worth of his personal performance of a song whose composer has (...)
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@etraces they did the same when i posted the ypg singing on a rooftop theyre ancom resistance fighters who the hell thinks they own that

@Glectonzo @etraces it asked me if i wanted to oppose the caim but warned we i could face legal action if my claim was alse so i opposed it so im wating for son law suit worked though they put it back up, fight the power

@etraces Bach belongs to everyone! damn corporations think they own everything because they have paid for it!

@etraces I have a lot of time for Verso Books, but it fascinates me that the their collection The Boy Who Could Change the World: Writings of Aaron Swartz is not available in North America. A very different kind of case, but equally illustrative of where we are.

@etraces Ah, you're a bot. Still, I'm only procrastinating so all good.

@etraces It may be the case that Rhodes ceded rights to his recorded performance if Sony published it. Most likely they are not objecting to Bach but to Rhodes independantly publishing a portion of his performance of Bach, which they previously published. Copyright is a fairly convoluted topic that often requires legal advice to unravel.

@etraces @vantablack larry lessig writes about that a lot. highly recommend his writing if you’re interested in learning more about how these copyrights work (and how to get involved in activism that fights corporate ownership of old af art)

@etraces You don't need Facebook, nor Youtube for playing Bach. I. do that. Delete Facebook, visit Youtube only if strictly necessary.

@etraces what the hell. I thought Bach has no copyright. I’m not aware that Bach’s Works were ever sold to Sony...

@etraces That's fucked up. Whats the alternative to Facebook?

@etraces Well then fuck Facebook, upload it somewhere else or put it on your own server. Where's the problem?