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Copyrights To Reach Deep Space

samzenpus posted about 2 years ago | from the lawyers-in-space dept.

Piracy 247

bs0d3 writes "Voyager 1 is expected to reach interstellar space soon. It will be the first made made object to cross the heliosphere, which is the final stop in our solar system. Voyager 1, famously contained a gold phonographic record. The record was filled with iconic sights, images, and sounds from earth, and the prevailing message, "we come in peace". The disc was [composed] by a man named Carl Sagan, and it contained many pieces of art, songs, and images, that are all copy-written. According to NASA, 'Most of the material they used was copyrighted by the creators/owners and Sagan had to get copyright releases in order to assemble the original record. Subsequently, Warner Multimedia was able to obtain copyright releases for the 1992 version of "Murmurs of Earth" .. Unfortunately, the book and CDROM are no longer being published and are hard to find as a set.'"

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Klingons (5, Insightful)

Vinegar Joe (998110) | about 2 years ago | (#40547151)

Say piss on your your copyrights........

Earth law vs universal law (1)

Taco Cowboy (5327) | about 2 years ago | (#40547167)

Can human apply the earth laws, such as copyrights, into other corners in the universe?

Re:Earth law vs universal law (5, Funny)

ATMAvatar (648864) | about 2 years ago | (#40547185)

Of course. This was a brilliant plan to spur on space innovation in the private sector by encouraging the copyright cartels to sue any alien civilization that dared play the record in public. No matter how many light years away the alien race may be, we can be assured that the copyrights will still be in force by the time voyager reaches them.

Re:Earth law vs universal law (3, Funny)

davester666 (731373) | about 2 years ago | (#40547701)

Absolutely. Everyone would stop writing music, filming movies without the certain knowledge that alien civilizations with have to pay full retail for 'Star Trek: First Contact' for the next 100 or so years.

Re:Earth law vs universal law (1, Insightful)

rossdee (243626) | about 2 years ago | (#40547221)

Only if they can enforce it.

So basicly, NO

Anyway already TV signals have gone out many light years, and they were theoretically copyrighted.

Re:Earth law vs universal law (2)

mug funky (910186) | about 2 years ago | (#40547459)

the extraterrestrials will pay their damages in the form of 3 ningis, delivered in cash to the RIAA.

Re:Earth law vs universal law (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40548185)

the extraterrestrials will pay their damages in the form of 3 ningis

is that like 3 niggas?

Re:Earth law vs universal law (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40547985)

Can human apply the earth laws, such as copyrights, into other corners in the universe?

Crush, Kill, Destroy!

VGer will come for you.
You're a derivitive work of Higgs Boson particles and will be claimed shortly.

We have mucha use for you!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eczE9pAEHo4 [youtube.com]

Re:Klingons (2)

PPH (736903) | about 2 years ago | (#40547209)

I see the beginnings of an intergalactic war. This cannot end well for humanity.

Re:Klingons (5, Funny)

JWSmythe (446288) | about 2 years ago | (#40547567)

No, we're well prepared for it. Thanks to science fiction, we've been able to plan for a vast variety of potential intergalactic threats. In response, we've built ...

    umm ...

    Well, we've theorized that we might be able to change the trajectory of a rock, given about a decade to build something...

    Ya, we're screwed.

Re:Klingons (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40547781)

cant we convert the LHC to a wave motion device ?

Re:Klingons (5, Funny)

PPH (736903) | about 2 years ago | (#40547893)

We could offer them the RIAA and MPAA as peace offering/sacrifices. Perhaps the overlords will allow the rest of us to live.

Re:Klingons (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40548249)

But what would we do without music and movies?!?!?!?!

Alienupload (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40547807)

Maybe somebody should have added a warning to any aliens who may find the disc that copying it will result in them paying millions of dollars in fines and having their serves seized...

There should be a distance expiry (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40547177)

Copyright should expire after a time *and* distance.

Also, it's copyrighted, not copywritten.

Do the editors even look at the submissions? (5, Funny)

Ultra64 (318705) | about 2 years ago | (#40547179)

"It will be the first made made object "

"The disc was comprised by a man "

"that are all copy-written. "

Re:Do the editors even look at the submissions? (4, Insightful)

phaedrus5001 (1992314) | about 2 years ago | (#40547223)

Yeah, I'm starting to think that on Slashdot, the word 'editor' has a far different meaning than the one I'm familiar with...

Re:Do the editors even look at the submissions? (1)

viperidaenz (2515578) | about 2 years ago | (#40547267)

"editor" = "button clicker"

Re:Do the editors even look at the submissions? (4, Insightful)

geezer nerd (1041858) | about 2 years ago | (#40547545)

In many different forms of printed material I see today, it seems quite apparent that "editor" means "spell checker program". I rarely see misspelling typos any more, but I see many, many instances of misused words that are correct, well-defined words, just not suitable for the context in which they appear. The odd instances in this article are of that type.

Re:Do the editors even look at the submissions? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40547547)

That was the initial editing mistake.

Re:Do the editors even look at the submissions? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40547317)

The editor is probably from (or in) India. Maybe?

Re:Do the editors even look at the submissions? (1)

colinrichardday (768814) | about 2 years ago | (#40547397)

Except that people in India study English.

Re:Do the editors even look at the submissions? (1)

mug funky (910186) | about 2 years ago | (#40547481)

yeah, generally they learn "Queen's English", and are better at it than we are (except the accents... we need sibilants to hear speech, which Indian languages tend to be very soft on).

Re:Do the editors even look at the submissions? (1)

Samantha Wright (1324923) | about 2 years ago | (#40547603)

The majority of Indian English speakers learn it as a second language, and aren't in an environment where they're constantly surrounded by good examples of well-spoken English to provide the normal corrective force that immersion brings. There's a great gap between theory and practice [wikipedia.org] , and even between theory and what we speak in the rest of the world these days [wikipedia.org] .

Re:Do the editors even look at the submissions? (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40547897)

The majority of Indian English ... aren't in an environment where they're constantly surrounded by good examples of well-spoken English

OK, but it was their choice to go to America.

Re:Do the editors even look at the submissions? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40547431)

samzenpus, more than anyone else, posts stuff that is crap

Re:Do the editors even look at the submissions? (1)

mug funky (910186) | about 2 years ago | (#40547491)

// set EDITOR="kdawson" // set EDITOR="timothy"
set EDITOR="samzenpus"

$EDITOR, more than anyone else, posts stuff that is crap

Re:Do the editors even exist in this dimension? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40547927)

If the Slashdot 'editors' even exist, does this have any impact on our understanding of the Higgs Boson, and will the subsequent copy-righted intellectual property be litigated across interstellar space using the ansible?

If not, someone will have to update our understanding of the term 'protracted legal battle'.

Even Klingons know that battle would have to be served by or distant genetic cousins.

Re:Do the editors even look at the submissions? (1)

evilviper (135110) | about 2 years ago | (#40548067)

Yeah, I'm starting to think that on Slashdot, the word 'editor' has a far different meaning than the one I'm familiar with...

Nonsense... The editors comprised this story exartly!

Not what that means... (4, Funny)

kryptKnight (698857) | about 2 years ago | (#40547251)

<quote> The disc was <b>comprised</b> by a man named Carl Sagan</quote>

I don't think that word means what you think it means.

Aliens join the rest of the world in hating AFACT. (3, Funny)

xQx (5744) | about 2 years ago | (#40547263)

Nice - First contact is made by an American lawyer who serves a DMCA violation to the aliens because they illegally copied the gold record to a digital format so they could play it in their spaceship.

The lawyer tries to explain the violation to the alien - but the alien is unable to understand how even though it has returned the gold record, it has still 'stolen' a copy. ... And we're off to a great start!

Re:Aliens join the rest of the world in hating AFA (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40547309)

Well see the detail that is overlooking in all those alien invasion/earth apocalypse stories is: We started it by filing legal notices against economic and militarily superior cultures, whom upon review of our claims realized that due to their age and infinite knowledge we had in fact had our entire development infringe upon their intellectual property, and having given up courts millions of eons ago as a waste of time, sought to contest our claims through the age old solution: force of arms.

Aliens wouldn't be bothered but we'd be screwed (1)

Chuck Chunder (21021) | about 2 years ago | (#40547319)

Them not having access to our culture would be no big deal.

On the other hand we would be fucked as they file patents on all the technology that they have that we don't and thereby hold a monopoly on all human technological progress.

Re:Aliens wouldn't be bothered but we'd be screwed (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40547901)

we would be fucked as they file patents on all the technology that they have that we don't and thereby hold a monopoly on all human technological progress.

It wouldn't be too different from now, considering companies have even patented rounded corners.

Re:Aliens wouldn't be bothered but we'd be screwed (1)

backslashdot (95548) | about 2 years ago | (#40547963)

Or, we can patent their technology since the US patent system is first to file, not first to invent.

Biggest Rant in history (1, Insightful)

Jetra (2622687) | about 2 years ago | (#40547269)

I'm going to apologize in advance for the much swearing and caps. Here goes:

GOD DAMN PISS-ASS RIAA FUCKERS WHO THINK WITH THEIR FUCKING WALLETS AND THEIR GOD DAMN SOULESS BODIES BENT ON SCREWING EVERYONE AND EVERYTHING: HUMAN OR NON-HUMAN!!!!

To hell with the copyright. That music was written without the intent of becoming rich. The music industry can come and kiss my ass cause aliens are not bloody likey going to pay us, an increasingly stupifying species hell bent on destroying itself, the earth, and everything around us. I'm getting my Louisville slugger and going to establish some fucking common sense in this god damn society we call America. Fuck off, 1%, this is the land of the Free, not the land of let's fuck everyone in the ass like our mother country did to us.

Re:Biggest Rant in history (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40548209)

hate to break it to ya, but that wasn't the biggest rant in history.

Heliosphere the final stop in our solar system? (4, Informative)

FridayBob (619244) | about 2 years ago | (#40547271)

Nope. That would be the Oort cloud [wikipedia.org] and it's way, way further out.

To the cloud! (4, Funny)

tepples (727027) | about 2 years ago | (#40547335)

That would be the Oort cloud

So it's copyrighted music in the cloud. How is this any more or less illegal than services like MP3tunes?

Re:Heliosphere the final stop in our solar system? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40548025)

"Oort cloud" is copyright so they couldn't mention it in the summary, so its easier to pretend it doesn't exist.

Anon because I am on 2 strikes and after the 3rd, I'll be put on the next Voyager.

What do you call a thousand lawyers... (5, Insightful)

Bonker (243350) | about 2 years ago | (#40547289)

...asphyxiating in the cold reaches of interstellar space?

Money well spent.

I hope that in centuries to come, our descendants will look back on copyright and 'intellecutal property' as a stupid little social experiment that became a painful learning experience.

'Man, I'm glad we don't to go through that crap. Can you believe they had to PAY for data?!'

"We come in peace"? (1)

icannotthinkofaname (1480543) | about 2 years ago | (#40547305)

What a fucking lie. If we look at human history, it's obvious that Mankind is a warrior race.

Also, the past-tense verb that you desire is "copyrighted."

Re:"We come in peace"? (1)

fuzzyfuzzyfungus (1223518) | about 2 years ago | (#40547387)

Eh. We have been known to (temporarily) come in peace when we don't have the power to back up the alternative(Apropos of the 4th of July, see the English colonial activities in the new world).

The aliens can be 100% sure that we come in peace for as long as we lack access to any sort of weapon that will work across several light-years of more or less absolutely nothing.

Re:"We come in peace"? (0)

MobileTatsu-NJG (946591) | about 2 years ago | (#40547389)

What a fucking lie. If we look at human history, it's obvious that Mankind is a warrior race.

No, it isn't obvious at all Notice, for example, we're not all wearing goatees, swords, and radiation suits.

Seriously, next time you head into the office, look around at the people around you. Try to picture Ted from Accounting slashing the throat of his superior to become your boss.

Re:"We come in peace"? (1)

aristotle-dude (626586) | about 2 years ago | (#40547501)

What a fucking lie. If we look at human history, it's obvious that Mankind is a warrior race.

No, it isn't obvious at all Notice, for example, we're not all wearing goatees, swords, and radiation suits.

Seriously, next time you head into the office, look around at the people around you. Try to picture Ted from Accounting slashing the throat of his superior to become your boss.

I see your problem right there. You are confusing science "fiction" and our real world history. If left to our own natures, we are warring, killing, raping and pillaging bastards. Want some examples? The vikings, American soldiers in Vietnam, the Muslim armies that swept across northern africa and into Spain/portugal in 700.

Some are striving to overcome our violent with faiths such as christianity. Humanity cannot achieve a Utopian society through humanism. Star Trek was a lie and were are more like the "mirror" universe than you would care to admit.

Re:"We come in peace"? (2)

DeSigna (522207) | about 2 years ago | (#40547969)

Some are striving to overcome our violent with faiths such as christianity. Humanity cannot achieve a Utopian society through humanism. Star Trek was a lie and were are more like the "mirror" universe than you would care to admit.

I see your problem right there. Arguably, more wars have been declared for a religion, either directly (eg: Crusades) or indirectly as a justification (many colonial wars) than wars that have been stopped due to religion. Even the distinction between those 2 examples is hazy. Organised religion is just another method our societies group ourselves into "us" and "them".

Looking at the past couple of hundred years of our history, it's been a general social trend to avoid the upheaval and horror of war - access to information and an increased voice of the people in government has helped, not to mention the general populous being far better educated and having much more free time to consider the results of their actions than a few hundred years ago. Additionally, society is shedding the crutches of religion as we better understand ourselves and the world around us - just look how much the old faiths are thrashing around, making noise, trying to save themselves. Humanity is still far from peaceful, and we're still a warlike bunch, but there is far more social pressure for nations to not slap each other in the face over a minor tiff. It's social and memetic evolution.

Re:"We come in peace"? (1)

JockTroll (996521) | about 2 years ago | (#40548089)

Oh yeah? Deluded loserboy. We're so fuckin' educated that we kill people over a parking place or for rooting for the "wrong" team. Better informed? Oh yes, tons of good it does. All the wikileaks crap? Forgotten about, can't do anything about that, got to feed the family. War? We don't declare it anymore: we do "humanitarian intervention" or "prevent terr-ow-reesm". Religion? Have you taken a fuckin' look at how many people run to the horoscope page on the papers or have it standard on their homepage? Humanity as a whole is a bunch of rabid dingos in chimpanzee clothing. "Social pressure" my ass, big nations do the pressure and little guys either behave or get some idiots to blow themselves up. Wake up from your trekkie pedophile dream.

Re:"We come in peace"? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40548021)

Look around you.

Re:"We come in peace"? (3, Insightful)

siddesu (698447) | about 2 years ago | (#40547629)

I go out for a drink with Ted from time to time and I can assure you that he pictures himself slashing the throat of the CFO, taking CFO's pretty secretary right on the bloody desk, and then taking over the position all day long.

Re:"We come in peace"? (1)

Deadstick (535032) | about 2 years ago | (#40547433)

Also, the past-tense verb that you desire is "copyrighted."

Present perfect tense, passive voice, professor.

Intersteller Cease and Desist! (1)

JoeyJam (845213) | about 2 years ago | (#40547341)

Good lord, What if space aliens obtain this disc one day and rip it (Ogg Vorbis?) to some crazy god-forsaken interstellar file sharing network?!? (ie. The Pirate Space Docking Bay) What would we do?! Send out Cease and Desist letters via SETI?? What if they perceived this as a hostile act? We could end up in galactic war!!

A question (1)

93 Escort Wagon (326346) | about 2 years ago | (#40547395)

Did the disk come with a foreword by Sonny Bono?

Re:A question (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40547485)

No, but it installs a rootkit courtesy of Sony that uploads a virus to the mothership...

Re:A question (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40547587)

"Watch out for that tree" - oh, sorry, that's a forewarning.

I spent a decade searching for the CD. (3, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40547453)

I spent a long time searching for a copy of the CD. I scoured every used bookstore I could find. I found multiple copies of the book, but never the CD. Couldn't even find it on ebay. Finally, someone on Demonoid put up a torrent. I contacted the original seeder and he had searched long and hard just like me. It's a remarkable collection of music. Such a shame the music we chose to share with the universe as a testament of who we are cannot be shared amongst ourselves.

Re:I spent a decade searching for the CD. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40547799)

Good file. Thanks.

NOTICE!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40547455)

Does the "made made" record contain copyright notices? If not, how does humanity expect to enforce possible violations?

ROTFL (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40547521)

I'm sure aliens will give a damn about copyrights and lawyer's Bah Mitzvah funds. We sure as hell don't LOL.

Tracks on the record (5, Informative)

seandiggity (992657) | about 2 years ago | (#40547581)

Greeting From The Secretary General Of The UN
Greetings In 55 Languages
UN Greetings & Whale Greetings
The Sounds Of Earth
J. S. Bach - Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 In F, First Movement
Java, court gamelan - Kinds Of Flowers
Senegal, percussion - Tchenhoukoumen
Zaire - Pygmy Girls' Initiation Song
Australian Aborigine songs - Morning Star And Devil Bird
Mexico - El Cascabel (performed by Lorenzo Barcelata)
Chuck Berry - Johnny B. Goode
Papua New Guinea - Men's House Song
Japan, shakuhachi - Cranes In Their Nest (performed by Coro Yamaguchi)
J. S. Bach - Gavotte En Rondeaux, from the Partitia No. 3 In E Minor For
Mozart - The Magic Flute, Queen Of The Night Aria, No. 14

Georgia, chorus - Tchakrulo
Peru - Panpipes And Drum Song
Louis Armstrong & His Hot Seven - Melancholy Blues
Azerbaijan Bagpipes - Ugam
Stravinsky - Rite Of Spring, Sacrificial Dance
J. S. Bach - The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 2, Prelude And Fugue In C, No. 1
Beethoven - Symphony No. 5 In C Minor, First Movement
Bulgaria - Izlel Je Delyo Hagdutin (sung by Valya Balkanska)
United States - Navajo Night Chant
Holborne - Fairie Round, from Paueans, Gaillards, Almains, And Other Short A
Solomon Islands - Melanesian Panpipes
Peru - Wedding Song
China, Ch'in - Flowing Streams (performed by Kuan P'ing-hu)
India, Raga - Jaat Kahan Ho (sung by Surshri Kesar Bai Kerkar)
Blind Willie Johnson - Dark Was The Night
Beethoven - String Quartet No. 13 In B Flat, Opus 130, Cavatina

...if you're looking for either "Murmurs of Earth" or the CD-ROM, just ask a Swedish website and click on a magnet or two.

Re:Tracks on the record (2)

Celarent Darii (1561999) | about 2 years ago | (#40547891)

Interesting to note that J. S. Bach has 3 pieces on the disk, and I would add, rightfully so ! If anyone was to represent Western Music, it would certainly be Bach.

Re:Tracks on the record (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40548105)

Get it here [thepiratebay.se]

The plan is... (1)

LongearedBat (1665481) | about 2 years ago | (#40547589)

Obviously...

The hope is that aliens who find Voyager won't know about it being copyrighted, and so will excitedly copy their proof of alien life (ie. us) a billion times over by the time we finally meet them.

The plan is to then sue the aliens to the High Heavens when we meet them. (So much for space wars.)

Re:The plan is... (3, Insightful)

JWSmythe (446288) | about 2 years ago | (#40547951)

    Nah, by the time Voyager gets to them, they've had years of radio and TV broadcasts pass them. They'll already know about copyright, and more importantly how Earth has planned to treat virtually every alien species. Kill them. Kill them with bullets. Kill them with ray guns. Kill them with fire. Kill them with nukes. If they didn't already have advanced weaponry, they'll have it built before they make first contact.

    At this time, if they met with Voyager, they'd only be about 15 hours behind on our broadcasts.

What if... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40547599)

One thing though... What if the word "peace" means "war" in whatever language "aliens" out there speak? We're f'cked?

War is peace, friend is false (1)

tepples (727027) | about 2 years ago | (#40547947)

What if the word "peace" means "war" in whatever language "aliens" out there speak?

That's already the case in English. For example, the Arabic greeting translated as "good day" [wikipedia.org] literally means "peace on you." Yet if you say "peace on you" with an accent, it sounds like words that could start a war: "Piss on you."

But seriously, the false friend [wikipedia.org] situation you describe would take effect only if "we come in" is the same in both languages.

The ISS seems to be in a area of lax copyright law (4, Interesting)

Joe_Dragon (2206452) | about 2 years ago | (#40547605)

The ISS seems to be in a area of lax copyright law.

As they can easily get TV shows, first run moves (still in movie theaters)

"If the crew wants specific movies, music or TV shows, we can uplink them to the server and they can then access them from any computer."

"Crew members aboard the ISS can request specific films and TV shows to be uploaded to a central file server, which they can then watch on any of the Station's laptops."

http://crave.cnet.co.uk/gadgets/interview-the-space-stations-it-guys-49304003/ [cnet.co.uk]

And I don't think they run windows and I don't think Hollywood likes a very open media server with out a direct internet link.

Re:The ISS seems to be in a area of lax copyright (1)

Spikeles (972972) | about 2 years ago | (#40548131)

Just because a movie is still in theaters doesn't mean it can't be shown anywhere else if the person/organization (eg, NASA) has permission from the copyright owner(s). That permission may even include being able to stream it from a central file server.

Re:The ISS seems to be in a area of lax copyright (1)

CrAlt (3208) | about 2 years ago | (#40548181)

And I don't think they run windows and I don't think Hollywood likes a very open media server with out a direct internet link.

They have windows powered thinkpads on the station. Your link mentions them. They talk about virus updates and having to reflash the drives. Pictures of them are easy to find.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:TORU_docking_system.jpg [wikipedia.org]

Also I'm pretty sure hollywood and the media companies are the ones providing the movies to NASA. I don't think there is some NASA pc running bittorrent and forwarding the downloads to the ISS.

Bad alienn, BAD. (0)

stanlyb (1839382) | about 2 years ago | (#40547647)

So, if an alien ship finds our Voyager, and tries to play the disc, ILLEGALY, the RIAA will sue them, and USA will declare a war nuke them for copyright violation? Oh, and then the poor alien would be deported to USA for proper process, LOL.
And i almost forgot, as the alien does not have our "advance" technology, they would be forced to change the format, which we all pretty well know is another violation of the DRM, so with other words: BAD ALIEN, BAD.

What if it comes back? (1)

guttentag (313541) | about 2 years ago | (#40547711)

I'd like to see some advanced alien civilization intercept Voyager and send it back to us without comment, just to see what we'd do.

When it arrives in 40 years or so, NASA has no idea what it is and can't read the disc because it can't find a phonograph. "It appears to be some ancient audio device, but even our oldest laserdisc players can't make heads or tails of it." And even if it could, it couldn't listen to the disc because a government-mandated program embedded in the phonograph detected copyrighted material. "RIGHTS MANAGEMENT ERROR. YOU DO NOT HAVE PERMISSION TO LISTEN TO THIS COPYRIGHTED RECORDING." Ultimately they melt down the gold and sell it to help pay for their continued work on coming up with a successor to the space shuttle.

Re:What if it comes back? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40547833)

the future is rootkitted?

Re:What if it comes back? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40547879)

I'd like to see some advanced alien civilization intercept Voyager and send it back to us without comment, just to see what we'd do.

Sue them of course. The licensing agreement didn't authorize them to do that.

In 40 years, we'll be living in a futuristic world of wonderfully advanced copyright management and licensing enforcement that we couldn't even imagine today.

HYPOTHETICAL !! WHAT IF SITE CLONED /. AND (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40547713)

ran its own ad-$ ?? Okay, Charlie !! A site would scrap everything off of slashdot, do its own ad-$, and sit back and do nothing else !! Okay, Charlie !! Copyright exists for a reason !! Okay, Charlie !!

copyrights... (2)

redneckmother (1664119) | about 2 years ago | (#40547731)

Dunno if I'm the only one who thinks so, but if the copyright holder ceases / refuses to publish a work, I believe that anyone should be free to make a copy of the work. Just sayin'.

Wants, more wants, and some needs. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40547743)

According to NASA, 'Most of the material they used was copyrighted by the creators/owners and Sagan had to get copyright releases in order to assemble the original record. Subsequently, Warner Multimedia was able to obtain copyright releases for the 1992 version of "Murmurs of Earth" .. Unfortunately, the book and CDROM are no longer being published and are hard to find as a set.'

OK, am I really missing something so unique in all the universe, that my world will just end if I don't have this?

Re:Wants, more wants, and some needs. (1)

PPH (736903) | about 2 years ago | (#40547929)

Yes. The aliens will land on your lawn and attempt communication in the language of the shared texts. When you do not answer appropriately, they will assume that you are a lower life form and annihilate you.

Can alien copyrights also visit Earth? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40547845)

Ugh, it's like IP groups have convinced some people that "copyrights" are an actual entity!
And that they're travelling through space!

And that they're valuable. And that those who produce many copyrights are entitled at least as much as those who actually create works of art (the physical copyrights being more valuable than the works, see).

And this is how the human race ends... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40547847)

Step 1: Aliens discover Voyager 1, make billions of copies.

Step 2: We make contact.

Step 3: Supreme Court, controlled by the MAFIAA, nullfies the releases. Lawsuits against the aliens proceed.

Step 4: Aliens get ticked off by untrustworthy, greedy Earthlings and destroy the planet, wiping out the human race.

I have an idea (1)

slashmydots (2189826) | about 2 years ago | (#40547855)

Maybe the RIAA should take some of those massive profits they didn't actually lose, build a spaceship, and go get it. It makes sense to be worried though, as aliens likely have the technology to duplicate files and discs quite rapidly.

That record is a shame (2)

Rosco P. Coltrane (209368) | about 2 years ago | (#40547977)

It's actually very representative of the two-faced attitude of humanity: the message of peace in the record is delivered by a former Nazi [wikipedia.org] .

That's the real problem with this record, not the fact that it's copyrighted.

Explains why the aliens never contacted Earth (1)

Steve1952 (651150) | about 2 years ago | (#40548005)

The aliens are probably just trying to avoid lawsuits by keeping their existence secret while they quietly download our valuable copyright material. However we Earth people are already implementing the perfect defense. Here all we have to do is to keep continuing our present policy of extending copyright terms every time "Mickey Mouse" is in danger of falling into the public domain. We keep doing this until we perfect our faster than life drive..

So you thought you could escape eh Zog? That's $150,000 per infringed song.

what a crappy reason for aliens to invade... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40548107)

"We the lawyers of Omicron Persei 9 issue this written demand for the people of earth to cease and desist all public displays of intelligence. As our race predates the human race by 37,456,239 years, 5 months, 12 days, 3 hours, and 56 minutes, it is obvious that any articulations of intelligence by humans is a violation of the copyright laws of Omicron Persei 9. You will be given 170 days to comply with this request. If you do not comply within the allotted time, we will persecute the human race to the fullest extent of universal law; this may or may not include in no particular order the following methods of recompensation: anal probing, missing socks, destruction of your major cities, plagues and diseases, blue screens of death, internet seizure, erectile dysfunction, enslavement of the human race, and ingestion of the human race."

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