This week’s Music Fridays comes in the form of a question, so I thought I’d tack a few more on and get all questioney up in yo ass. So before we get to the music, let’s get to the questions…
(Note, this isn’t a test, but rather sincere questions for my most awesome resource – mah reeders.)
Numba wun, a grammar question: I’m the first guy to prefer a descriptive rather than prescriptive approach to grammar, but I’m wondering… is one of the below more right? Heck, is one of them just plain wrong?
“There will be a one hour special session for the Retiring Presidential Address.”
“There will be a one hour special session for the Retiring President’s Address.”
Le Dos: I personally like to refer to good – but doomed – fights as tilting at windmills. For example, trying to fight the onslaught against our privacy – the hoovering of all our personal data into giant corporate databases (Not to mention that whole NSA/Big Brother/Eric Snowden thing) – is nothing short of tilting at windmills. Nevertheless it’s a good fight. But really, Quixote was an asshole, right? He was fighting the wrong thing. Fighting the right fight against overwhelming odds is really more of a David and Goliath thing, init? Except without the triumphant underdog. What do you think dear reader? If I say to you, “fighting wealth inequality in America is tilting at windmills”, is that just wrong?
Here’s a question for my photog friends – what are the rules for using a model release form in public situations? For example say you want to make some arty photos at a state fair – photos for which you will claim to be an artist, for which you will display in a gallery and perhaps sell for real money. I can surmise that if you take a photo of a crowd lined up at the Ferris wheel, that there is no legal issue. It’s a public space, and you can take your photo and safely sell it as a piece of art.
But now assume you convince a few fair goers to pose in front of the Ferris wheel with their smiles and their roasted ear of corn. Now is a model release form required?
And finally – to this week’s Music Fridays. Is it Influence or Infringement?
This has been in the news this week, and thus you may already be familiar with the issue…
A pop song called Blurred Lines is burning up the charts, and it nostalgically invokes a great Marvin Gaye hit called Got to Give it Up. The Gaye Estate claims copyright infringement, while the Blurred Lines artists claim influence. What do you think? The videos are posted below, and for more info you can read this news article about the dustup here.
I posit my friends in the IT field may see infringement since “look and feel” is a recognized, patentable concept in software engineering. Personally I fall to the “influence not infringement” side of the fence even though I am a huge Marvin Gaye fan and much prefer his song, but your opinions are welcome!