Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Jobs to Music Labels: Drop DRM

Apple's Steve Jobs thinks the four (wow, remember when there were more?) major record labels should stop junking up their digital tunes with DRM.

"If such requirements were removed, the music industry might experience an influx of new companies willing to invest in innovative new stores and players. This can only be seen as a positive by the music companies," he said in a statement posted to his company's Web site.
Maybe... if music companies weren't run by short-sighted thugs. But they are, so oops.

Meanwhile, if you posted online a funny video of your friend doing something called the "Electric Slide" at your wedding, you either need to take it down or face legal action from some asshole named Richard Silver. Yep, dance moves (or, to make it sound more weighty, choreography) are copyrightable!

Which makes me wonder: How much did Chubby Checker get in royalties for the Twist? Probably some for the song, but motherfuckers all over the country were doing his dance. Where's the payout, bitches? Michael Jackson should surely be adding to his pile of cash by copyrighting the Moon Walk, if he hasn't already.

Me, I've already filed my legal papers to copyright the Spastic Drunk White Guy Flail. I'll be combing YouTube in the next few weeks for any infringing bastards, so you better look out.

(HT: bro)