@ThinkingIP is where I publish observations, one of which, yesterday, was that I had been “followed” by Trademarkia, the commodity trademark service. It is the nadir of my Twitter activity, to date. Then, today, unaccountably, the ABA Journal published a puff piece about Trademarkia.
Fortunately, comments are enabled:
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I’ll admit, this is a bit off-topic from the usual incisive blather in the space, but somebody needs to say it: Can we, individually and collectively, stop using the word “curating“?
I’ll venture that less than seven or eight years ago, “curate” was, in the mainstream, lexicon seldom used outside of discussion of museum or art collections and installations.
Somewhere along the line, it came to connote a responsibility-less middle ground of association with a particular project. Let me give you an example from the world of bluegrass music, which I know a little bit about. It used to be that a Bluegrass Festival (to paint in broad strokes) had Producers and Performers. Producers chose the venue, hired the bands, made sure the sound worked, paid the bands (mostly) and made or lost money on the show. Performers, on the other hand, showed up, played their tunes, and got paid most of the time.
Then, suddenly, there were lineup’s “curated” by a well known performer. What did this mean? Well, that’s the beauty of it. Who knew (or knows)? Curated is less than “sponsored by”” and more than “served as a consultant””. It’s somewhere in the grey area that means “had something unspecified to do with it, but approves it, and is happy to have his/her name associated with it.”
An early usage example is found in here, an article about the Crossroads Music Festival, “curated by Eric Clapton”
Or this one about the 2012 Jomeokee Music & Arts Festival:
Jomeokee Music & Arts Festival features two side-by-side stages showcasing alternating sets of live music. On one stage, bluegrass legend Del McCoury has curated a lineup of top-notch bluegrass, string and Americana performances,
Understand this: Del McCoury is an American icon and he and his band are the ultimate gateway drug to the NewGrass, Jamgrass bluegrass music genre. Del McCoury can kick my ass and yours with the licks he has forgotten. But Del is 74, and the Jomeokee Music & Arts Festival is in North Carolina, and Del is either traveling or at home in Pennsylvania. What could it possibly mean-substantively I mean- that he “curated” one stage?
And, so, just since I’ve been curating the thoughts in this post (gotcha!– all I am doing is writing down stuff)), the following have been posted on Twitter (Users names have been deleted to protect the ignorant).
You probably read here and some other places about the refreshingly honest 9-page report of the Republican Study Committee that took the U.S. Copyright System to task, and made some modest proposals for fixing it.
You may have also read that the report had the shelf-life of a live lobster left out in the sun, less than 24 hours.
Now that the dust has settled a bit, it doesn’t look like the debate is going away, and that’s probably a good thing. The Huffington Post , along with some others, large and small. The Hollywood Reporter, which was busy flogging itself over the weekend for its role in the 50’s Black List in Tinseltown, opines: Not too long ago, intellectual property was one of those esoteric policy issues that evaded strong partisan divide. But with Hollywood money being widely seen as helping to propel Barack Obama to re-election, and with Republicans still examining how to win back voters, might that change?
In fact, the squelched report has some solid ideas, one of which is to roll back the essentially perpetual copyright terms. That’s not retaliation, it’s just smart. The folks down at Duke Law, perhaps coincidentally, published a piece recently about all the works that would have (read should have) entered the public domain if the overreaching extensions of Copyright Terms in 1978 hadn’t occurred. To whit,
That’s just getting the wheel turning.
Even the Canadians have an opinion, as well they might.
And on it goes.
Don’t Mess With The Mouse (hey, you ripped me off!)
So, maybe the cat’s out of the toothpaste tube, or some such. The fact is that the report was too sensible to be ignored.
This weekend displayed a painful example about how the notion of copyright reform is the policy equivalent of seeing a unicorn–not gonna happen.
Our story starts with something called The Republican Study Committee which a Congressional policy group, run by Republicans in the House of Representatives. The report found the current U.S. Copyright System anticompetitive, anti-creative and favoring Big Entertainment. It concluded: “Current copyright law does not merely distort some markets — rather it destroys entire markets. “
The report is tough, pulls no punches, and makes a lot of sense. You can read it here. I will post it as a separate post later if it gets pulled there.
Well, dear reader, what happened next do you suppose? Less than 24 hours later, the report was pulled, on the grounds that “it had not been fully vetted” The apparent author of the report Derek S. Khanna, took to Twitter on Saturday night
I am the author of this memo, and I hope the tech community continues to add to these ideas: http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20121116/16481921080/house-republicans-copyright-law-destroys-markets-its-time-real-reform.shtml …
Read the report. It won’t surprise you that Big E got its undies all twisted up. What’s amazing is that it ever saw the light of day in the first place. More developing.
We at the RSC take pride in providing informative analysis of major policy issues and pending legislation that accounts for the range of perspectives held by RSC Members and within the conservative community. Yesterday you received a Policy Brief on copyright law that was published without adequate review within the RSC and failed to meet that standard. Copyright reform would have far-reaching impacts, so it is incredibly important that it be approached with all facts and viewpoints in hand. As the RSC’s Executive Director, I apologize and take full responsibility for this oversight. Enjoy the rest of your weekend and a meaningful Thanksgiving holiday….
Right, don’t forget Football Thursday. On reflection, it’s hard to imagine that the piece represents the thinking of any GOP interest. Declan McCullogh, who is seldom off-target, even says the RIAA had nothing to do with the report being pulled.
The dust has settled from the Presidential Election of 2012, and what did we learn? Not much. Obama had sliced and diced the electorate to a fare-thee-well to the extent, if you believe such things, that there were 59 precincts in Northern Ohio and Pennsylvania where Romney had zero votes. Everyone can poke at anomalies.
But the “big” story on election night was the “meltdown” of Karl Rove when the Fox News Network declared President Obama the winner in Ohio. Here it is. His face starts losing definition about 4:00 minutes into the clip.
But the real twisteroo (tongue firmly in place) was when the Fox News Anchor “spontaneously” went to interview the people making the call. It has been billed as a real moment on the night.
Guess what, it wasn’t. It was rehearsed, staged, primped up and phony. Check out the clip at about 5:59 when the Fox News Anchor (sorry I don’t know who any of these people are) is walking down the hall and says “when we practiced this before…when we practiced this before in our rehearsals, we lost all audio in our ears, right about here. It’s happening again”. Then, the shocking first person challenge of the decision desk occurred. So, let’s just chalk this up as stagecraft, not tied to reality. And lets not get carried away.
So, no this is not a blog posting about Intellectual Property, per se. (#THINKINGIP), but it’s worth talking about, before we get totally snookered going forward.