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Happy Culture Freedom Day!

timothy posted about a year ago | from the free-opus dept.

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Blug_fred writes "For the second edition, today is the time to celebrate Culture Freedom Day. While not as popular as HFD or SFD, celebrating Free Culture involves finding Free Culture artists, inviting them to your place and having them perform, display or talk about what their creation(s). Of course you can always simply project a couple of Free Culture movies and launch a discussion about their business models. Either way you can find all the happening for today here on the map and we sincerely hope there will be something of interest near you."

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Its also Poetry of Magtymguly day... (5, Funny)

GoodnaGuy (1861652) | about a year ago | (#43760807)

..in Turkmenistan. On the 25th it will be national carpet day! (also in Turkemanistan). Who makes up these special days anyway and why should I listen to them?

Re:Its also Poetry of Magtymguly day... (1)

Anne_Nonymous (313852) | about a year ago | (#43761065)

>> Who makes up these special days anyway and why should I listen to them?

Why not join the fun? Tuesday is "Special Day Creation Day".

Re:Its also Poetry of Magtymguly day... (1)

davester666 (731373) | about a year ago | (#43764007)

Finally, American's have a name for themselves: They are "free of culture", as in, having none.

Re:Its also Poetry of Magtymguly day... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43761095)

I applaud National Carpet Day. A great opportunity for carpet flying, carpet munching and carpet cleaning [bbc.co.uk].

Re:Its also Poetry of Magtymguly day... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43761127)

Preferably in a different order.

Re:Its also Poetry of Magtymguly day... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43761143)

This. Lets also make morons day, slow news day, fucking day...

Re:Its also Poetry of Magtymguly day... (1)

JustOK (667959) | about a year ago | (#43761145)

every day is moron day

Re: Its also Poetry of Magtymguly day... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43762675)

And lately around here every day is also slow news day

Re: Its also Poetry of Magtymguly day... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43763799)

And lately aronf here every day is also slow news day

Re:Its also Poetry of Magtymguly day... (1)

flyneye (84093) | about a year ago | (#43761315)

If you ever figure out who it is, have them delete Christmas, as it is virally compromised with malware that is beginning to affect many other holidays.

Re:Its also Poetry of Magtymguly day... (1)

Mister Transistor (259842) | about a year ago | (#43764033)

Freedom, Freedom, Freedom, OY!
Freedom, Freedom, Freedom, OY!
Freedom, Freedom, Freedom, OY!

Happy Freedom Day...

Poor Righteous Teachers (1)

_Shorty-dammit (555739) | about a year ago | (#43760841)

The rapper from Poor Righteous Teachers has his own day now?! I didn't think that many people even knew about them. ;)

Noted that no event is yet scheduled for the USA (4, Insightful)

bdwoolman (561635) | about a year ago | (#43760883)

Mr. Lessig and his followers do much to promote the public good and the quality of life. Copyright was invented to promote the public good by protecting the interests of creative people for a limited time. Now, in today's Market Society, (As opposed to Market Economy) this once-useful legal tool has been perverted to make money in perpetuity for property holders. These owners are rarely the creative people who developed the culture. For example: At the beginning of the 20th century a copyright lasted 14 years. The American songbook was remixed into jazz in the 1920s. The musicians had the right to do so because tunes from the sheet music craze a couple of decades before had devolved into the public domain. And from a little later? Just have a listen to Art Tatum's 1939 Tea for Two, which was written in the 1920s.

Jazz is an awesome cultural invention adored by fans all over the world. But, now, if you want to re-imagine or cover Sir Paul's Yesterday you still have to pay him (or somebody.) Hasn't society rewarded Mr. McCartney enough? It's time his music was kicked loose. Really. It is. And maybe if he was not still raking it in from work he did in his 20s he would be stimulated to do something new that was up to snuff. I am not a freetard. But, like Mr. Lessig, I hate to see society robbed of its heritage. And the culture held hostage by corporate interests.

A reasonable copyright term helped foster in the Jazz Age. And that is a beautiful thing. A thousand years from now someone will say: "America. Hmmm. Isn't that the place jazz was invented?" And twenty thousand years from now some being will say: "Earth? Hmmmm. Isn't that the place where Jazz was invented?" The point is that all we have left of any civilization is its culture. No one remembers the politicians and the rich guys. Just the artists they usually cheated.

Re:Noted that no event is yet scheduled for the US (-1)

PopeRatzo (965947) | about a year ago | (#43761031)

A thousand years from now someone will say: "America. Hmmm. Isn't that the place jazz was invented?"

A thousand years from now someone will say: "America. Hmmm. Wasn't that a country on the planet that humans made inhabitable, but only after turning it into a vast work prison for virtual entities knows as "corporations"?

"And why didn't those stupid sonsabitches in the 20th century do something about it? Humans...maybe we're better off with them extinct."

Yep, that's what they'll say.

Then they will say: (1)

bdwoolman (561635) | about a year ago | (#43763467)

"Well one good thing, anyway. At least the massive EMP from the penultimate nuclear holocaust didn't destroy the good Jazz because it was all on vinyl. We won't miss those smelly humans at all (And they tasted like dookey!) But, damn!, that Bill Evans cut was sublime. Slip out and spin it again, won't ya Babe? And then come back to the water and stroke my tentacle. Hmmmm?"

Re:Noted that no event is yet scheduled for the US (1)

DNS-and-BIND (461968) | about a year ago | (#43764809)

"If only the USSR had won the Cold War instead. What a tragedy for the human race!"

You think I'm joking - there has been a baffling increase in the amount of "Russia had it better" posts around here lately.

Re:Noted that no event is yet scheduled for the US (0)

PopeRatzo (965947) | about a year ago | (#43765443)

You think I'm joking - there has been a baffling increase in the amount of "Russia had it better" posts around here lately.

I bet you could link to some of those posts to add impact to your statement, if you wanted to.

Re:Noted that no event is yet scheduled for the US (1)

Intrepid imaginaut (1970940) | about a year ago | (#43761049)

I'm likewise opposed to lengthy copyright terms, 14+14 should be plenty, and I understand how these longer terms came into being via corporate lobbying to protect the cost of the marketing applied to IP more than the IP itself, but couldn't an argument be made that artists are now forced to create entirely new non derivative works if they don't want to license the older ones? Does it stymie culture or encourage it?

Eventually run out of new works (2)

tepples (727027) | about a year ago | (#43761057)

couldn't an argument be made that artists are now forced to create entirely new non derivative works if they don't want to license the older ones?

Eventually authors will run out of distinct works to create. See "Melancholy Elephants" by Spider Robinson [spiderrobinson.com].

In the diatonic scale, there are seven distinct intervals between pitches, and rhythm can be approximated as either a short or long time from one note to the next. This leaves fourteen possibilities for each note but the last, as the last note has no next note to make an interval or duration meaningful, or 14^(n - 1) distinct melodies of length n. But a song was deemed an infringement for having matched eight notes (Bright Tunes Music v. Harrisongs Music, the "My Sweet Lord" case). This sets n = 8, or 14^7 - 105 million distinct melodies. There are already far more people than that on this planet.

Re:Noted that no event is yet scheduled for the US (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43761085)

Copyright was invented to promote the public good by protecting the interests of creative people for a limited time.

No it wasn't. That was just the cover story. Apparently you fell for it.

Re:Noted that no event is yet scheduled for the US (1)

tepples (727027) | about a year ago | (#43761111)

How was it the "cover story" if that's almost exactly how it's worded in the constitution of Slashdot's home country? Let's compare:

"To promote the public good by protecting the interests of creative people for a limited time" --bdwoolman

"To promote the progress of science and useful arts, by securing for limited times to authors and inventors the exclusive right to their respective writings and discoveries" --Framers

Re:Noted that no event is yet scheduled for the US (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43761125)

or Jazz that's the equivalent of musical masturbation isnt it?

Re:Noted that no event is yet scheduled for the US (1)

flyneye (84093) | about a year ago | (#43761365)

Amen! Let's just hit the reset button and settle on 4 years for Copyright and Patent. If you haven't made your money by then, get off the pot. There's a world of innovative people out there who deserve a living. I mean really, what have you done for us today? I mean besides Patent/copy troll and waste the time of the tax dollar fueled court system that could otherwise be doing something to improve the world. 4 years, no more, no less. Period.

Re:Noted that no event is yet scheduled for the US (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43765055)

Free Culture = I want free shit.

Hasn't society rewarded Mr. McCartney enough?

And there it is...you have to much. You need to spread the wealth around and let us have free shit.

Who the fuck are you to say when Mr. McCartney has had enough? Who are you to want to benefit from other people's labors without compensation.

Fucking low life.

And I thought today was Arbitrary Meaningless Day (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43760899)

... Day. ;)

FREE? Bullshit. (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43760903)

In my neck of the woods we have a gun culture and believe in the Constitution.

You progressive socialists HATE that stuff and free does not apply. No?

Prove me wrong.

Douchebags.

Re:FREE? Bullshit. (1)

DNS-and-BIND (461968) | about a year ago | (#43764819)

Please stop advocating causes you don't believe in.

Gun owners don't call it "gun culture" only haters call it that. Strange you don't believe in the Constitution, though. Is it that it's stopping you from doing what you want? That's how it was designed, assbag.

FREE My ASS (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43760917)

You fuckwads banned my IP due to a few posts. Note; No attacking of other posters, no threatening, no lies or spam.

Just talking about the Constitution, socialists and their lies and conservatism.

How do you like that for free you douchebags.

Oh the left is so tolerant and accepting, as long as what you think is exactly aligned with the hive-mind.

You socialists make me want to puke, you are disgusting pathetic lazy animals.

Banned, what a bunch of cowards you are.

It's also... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43760947)

And, by sheer coincidence, it is also, "I Will Come to your Country, Take Advantage of Your Stupidity, and Then Destroy You, You Fucking Pussies" day!

What are the odds?

Freedom is the opposite of tyranny (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43760961)

REP. MIKE KELLY (R-PA): This has nothing to do with political parties. This has to do with highly targeted groups. This reconfirms everything the American public believes. This is a huge blow to the faith and trust that the American people have in their government. Is there any limit to the scope where you folks can go? Is there anything at all? Is there any way that we could ask you is there any question that you should have asked?

My goodness. How much money do you have in your wallet? Who do you get emails from? Whose sign do you put up in your front yard? This is a tax question? And you don't think that's intimidating? It's sure as hell intimidating. And I don't know that I got any answers from you today. And I don't know that -- what Mr. George said is great work -- but you know what? There's a heck of a lot more that has to come out in this. Any anybody that sat here today and listened to what you had to say, I am more concerned today than I was before, and the fact that you all can do just about anything you want to anybody?

You know, you can put anybody out of business that you want. Any time you want. I gotta tell you. You could talk about how you're a horribly run organization, if you're on the other side of the fence, you're not giving that excuse. And the IRS comes in, you're not allowed to be shoddy, you're not allowed to be run horribly, you're not allowed to make mistakes, you're not allowed to do one damn thing that doesn't come in compliance, and if you do, you're held responsible right then. I just think the American people have seen what's going on right now in their government. This is absolutely an overreach and this is an outrage for all Americans.

Taking inspiration from my fellow atheists... (1)

lxs (131946) | about a year ago | (#43761075)

I'm settling in for a reality TV marathon.

After all, freedom of culture should include freedom from culture.

Disneys says all your cultures belong to us (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43761115)

prepared to be sued.

Free from culture? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43762077)

So when do I get a day to be free from culture?

Re:Free from culture? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43763313)

When you die.

So What (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43762435)

With terrorists like Obama and his Nazi thugs at IRS, DoD, Treasury and Justice running the US Government we can expect free detention, free torture and free death.

Wonderful (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43762581)

Oh, goody! Let's all invite pretentious hipsters in to our homes and work places for the heck of it.

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