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How much money do mashup songs cost to make?


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You’ll recall that Web Watch has written about mashups before.  Some people love them, some people hate them.

Those that fall into the HATE camp have nothing against mashups in general, but just would rather hear the actual songs that make up the mashup rather than the mashup itself.

And that could very well be the reason the site we’re talking about today exists, to appease the mashup haters and bring them together with the mashup lovers.

DJEarWorm - United States of Pop
DJEarWorm – United States of Pop

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Today’s kids don’t like to pay for music. Here’s what’s wrong with that


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By now you’ve probably heard about that NPR intern who claims to have over 11,000 songs in her music library, but only paid for 15 CDs in her life.

Remember CRACKER?  What a great opportunity for someone in the music industry to write an open letter to that intern, right?

That’s exactly what DAVID LOWERY did.

 

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Has your website been plagiarized?


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Web Watch has been around for quite a number of years now, having presented our faithful readers with thousands of websites, videos, news articles, and other tidbits of helpful information along the way.

And with that type of success online, we’re also subjected to having our content stolen.

It’s true — and we’ve had to file cease & desist notices to a number of websites that copied our original content and presented it as their own.

Silly rabbit – just because it’s posted on the Internet doesn’t mean that it’s free for the taking.

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Is that YouTube video legal? Check out the YouTube Copyright School to learn more


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Harry Potter and the Order of the Court: The J.K. Rowling Copyright Case and the Question of Fair Use
Harry Potter and the Order of the Court:
The J.K. Rowling Copyright Case and the Question of Fair Use

Copyright is an important aspect of online life today, and not very many people understand it.

“The Internet is FREE”, they claim.  “Everything on the Internet is free for the taking!”

No, not so much.  Rule number one of Internet legalities:  Just because someone posted it on the Internet doesn’t mean that there is no copyright or that the material is free to be shared/taken. 

Fact is, the very act of writing something yourself gives you an automatic copyright to that material that YOU created.  Let’s emphasize that YOU created portion again.  It has to be original work from YOU for you to claim the copyright – and even then, you can only claim the copyright on the portion that YOU edited.

Even large mass-edited projects like Wikipedia have a copyright… but Wikipedia explicitly says that the individual Wikipedia editors can’t claim copyright on the text that is contributed directly to Wikipedia articles — just adding the text to Wikipedia grants Wikipedia a licence to make that text available for public use.  (Content that is already copyrighted outside of Wikipedia and still contributed by the original author falls under a different set of copyright guidelines — be sure to read that WP article for all the copyright details that may pertain to you.) Continue reading IS THAT YOUTUBE VIDEO LEGAL? CHECK OUT THE YOUTUBE COPYRIGHT SCHOOL TO LEARN MORE