I’m finding out that a lot of my regular blog readers haven’t picked up that I’ve moved the URL of my personal blog to edenza.wordpress.com. This blog URL is topic-specific as relative to issues related to Lenz V. Universal.
Men At Work will lose 5% of the royalties from “Down Under” that they’ve earned since 2002 (on, yes, a nearly 30-year old song). The publishing company that sued their record company originally sought 60% of royalties because “Down Under” uses the 70-year-old “campfire song” “Kookaburra Sits in the Old Gum Tree” as its famous flute refrain.
Apparently use of the tune was fine for 27 years and now it’s not.
EMI plans to appeal the ruling.
BTW: If you go to the source website, you can see the “Down Under” video as well as a group of schoolchildren performing “Kookaburra Sits in the Old Gum Tree.” I’m curious if Larrikin Music will now sue the school and/or the person who uploaded that video to YouTube.
[Prince] explains that he decided the album will be released in CD format only in the Mirror. There’ll be no downloads anywhere in the world because of his ongoing battles against internet abuses.
Unlike most other rock stars, he has banned YouTube and iTunes from using any of his music and has even closed down his own official website.
He says: “The internet’s completely over. I don’t see why I should give my new music to iTunes or anyone else. They won’t pay me an advance for it and then they get angry when they can’t get it. “The internet’s like MTV. At one time MTV was hip and suddenly it became outdated. Anyway, all these computers and digital gadgets are no good. “They just fill your head with numbers and that can’t be good for you.”
I just saw a new ad for iPhone. In the ad, a woman uses her iPhone to record her baby’s first steps and then share it with her family and friends:
So let me get this straight: her son learns to walk. She makes a video. She uses this great way to share that video with her family and friends.
Yet it’s implied in some quarters that my doing the exact same thing three years ago (sans iPhone) was some kind of plea of attention, a quest for fame or money, or that I had some other ulterior motive. Truthfully, this was what I did. Holden had learned to walk only days before. I happened to get him dancing on my Kodak Z740 camera (the focus is blown; we need to get a new camera) and I shared it the way I’d always shared videos: on YouTube. That’s all it was, all it ever was.
And now it’s become a story that we’ll get to tell the rest of our lives at birthday parties. It’ll be in my obituary. This simple little 29-second home movie of Holden happy to be mobile enough to race with his sister in the kitchen (something they do just about every night to this day). And now it has over a million hits.
And apparently Apple-icious as well. ;)