I had so much that I wanted to talk about regarding this week’s subject! I have stuff that got cut due to time for this. That’s how much extra I talked than I needed to. In the end, this is what stayed; a brief discussion of Shakespeare, Hollywood, Happy Birthday, and Other.
Note that while evidence has been found to suggest that Warner/Chappell have been incorrectly claiming on copyright for ‘Happy Birthday’ all these years, they are yet to have their ownership claim challenged and so still hold the copyright.
I guess what I’m really left wondering is… If we’re so concerned with who an idea belongs to and making sure they get compensated for that, then why the hell did we extend it so far? Why do we allow others to inherit or purchase the rights to those ideas when we clearly know they haven’t earnt whatever revenue we’ve decided to throw that idea havers way? And why are we allowed to copyright on such a micro level as each individual recording of someone else’s idea? That’s weird, right?