Comments: And still I am thwarted

I'm confused about the "tons of money" part. If it were a straight-up cover, it would be subject to the mechanical royalty rates set by statute. I'm not sure how far from the original a cover has to get before you can no longer just give credit to the original artist, send them their eight cents, and be legally safe.

I'm also not sure how famous you have to get before this kind of thing has any chance of being noticed. Dan Bejar quotes people right and left on Destroyer records, and he hasn't vanished into a secret RIAA prison yet.

Posted by Aaron at March 22, 2007 04:04 PM

That's a good question. Perhaps the problem is that he asked them about it instead of just doing it? (Or I assume he did; how would they have found out otherwise?)

Posted by Francis at March 22, 2007 04:21 PM

I am no copyright expert, but I have been told that 7 words, is in fact, (plagiarism? plagarism? plagerism?) stealing. 6 is not.

Posted by Dianna at March 23, 2007 12:47 PM

I dunno. I was going to say that sounded more like an academic guideline than an actual part of copyright law, but I don't actually know. Oh, if only I knew someone who had friends who were copyright lawyers who could come weigh in on this!

While doing some especially hasty online research to see if I could find any reference to this, I found someone citing another example of similar stupidity involving Neil Gaiman here (see comments #17 and #18).

Posted by Francis at March 23, 2007 01:03 PM

Hey, congrats on getting to the stage! :)

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