Project 313 – Post No. 082

The fourth . . . I almost did a themed post but since I don’t know that this experiment will end well I don’t feel much like celebrating its start. 

I could certainly celebrate the ideals upon which it was founded and what’s written in the highest law document in the land . . . but since most of that has been eviscerated by all manners of special interests and currently misunderstood by the majority of citizens and non-citizens alike, I don’t see much point to it. 

What I’ll cover instead are . . . covers. Namely, song covers. And, fanfic. 

So, if you go to YouTube (and a few other video sources) you are likely to find “regular” people doing covers of popular songs. One artist gathered up a lot of covers to his song and produce a supercut of all of them (HERE). Neat.

This is interesting to me because songs may have multiple copyright holders. The composer of the music may not be the same person who wrote the lyrics, and each holds a copyright. If you do a search for copyright and cover songs, you can find information like THIS.

Many of the videos have licensing information so one can assume they obtained some type of licensing right from them that hold them. However, some videos don’t have such notices and might eventually be taken down. This depends a bit on what the intent of the work might be. For instance, a parody has a certain amount of latitude and might have a bit of legal protection based on previous case law.  

Bottom line, the recording industry seems fairly well organized when it comes to licensing and enforcing licenses. 

FanFiction — as far as I can see — has no well-organized licensing group. I could be wrong as I seldom write fanfiction (two pieces so far and one was a parody). What I read seems confusing. What’s an ethical and honest fan supposed to do?

What makes it more confusing is determining who allows or encourages it and who doesn’t. Some authors don’t care and even encourage it while others are adamant about not allowing their work to expand beyond what they themselves have written.

FanFiction — as the name implies — are creative works that inhabit a given fictional world but are written by fans of the original work. So, for instance, you might like The Fellowship of The Ring but want to know what Sauron was doing at the time. Unfortunately, there’s no narrative from Sauron’s point of view. So, you might decide to write a scene.

That would be a derivative work and nothing in it changes any part of the existing narrative. Your efforts will not be noticed and since you’re not profiting from it, you’re likely to get away with it. Now, if you happen to make a movie about The Hobbit and put in it all sorts of new stuff . . . well, then, you’re changing the original and for that, you need the rights to it. 

There’s actually a lot of fanfic out there; there are whole boards dedicated to it. Some, as I said, do embrace it

If I’m ever an author that has fans (actual people who are fans and not — you know — fans of the kind that blow air around . . . although I have the latter, but nevermind about that right now) I probably wouldn’t mind fanfic with one provision . . . it has to not change the characters or events of my original works. 

Hmm . . . I see now a potential problem . . . how would I monitor the vastness of the Internet for violations? Maybe it is best, after all, locking it down. 

But wait . . . movies take all sorts of liberties and neither they nor any fan fiction change the original work. Each version stands on its own. 

. . . aargh! . . . this is hard . . . best not become a best-selling author and not have to worry about any of it. 

And now, the photo:

Project 313 082

This was the original treatment of this particular photo . . . I like the metal look of it. 

As for the cartoon, this looks like another instance in the life of a young Willie. Again, I cringe at the thought of having missed the early works. 

What is best . . . not knowing about something you can’t have or obsessing about something you wish you had?

. . . tough call . . . 

At first, I didn’t like this doodle. I thought it poorly made and arranged . . . but then I saw it for what it was . . . a Yellow Sneak Attack — Step 1: Infiltration.

Yellow Sneak Attack — Step 1: Infiltration

And . . . that’s it

Some of these posts will likely be longer as the mood hits me, but most will be thus; short, uninteresting, bland, and relentless.

You can read about Project 313 HERE.

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