[linux-audio-user] [ot] Is DJ-ing commercial use of music tracks?

Daniel James daniel at mondodesigno.com
Wed Jan 28 06:19:08 EST 2004

> > I
> > would guess that a tiny minority of libre software users have
> > read the GPL from start to finish.
> It's small fry compared with many commercial EULA's.

But then no-one reads those either - and look at the trouble that 

> > We need poets, not lawyers, writing licences.
> That's fine until push comes to shove and the licence gets tested
> in court.....

A good licence won't have to be tested in court - by the time you've 
got into the legal system, no-one benefits except the lawyers. If the 
licence is clear and simple to understand, there's no scope for 

> You
> could also have a 2-part GPL, with one (short) part about copying
> the software and a second part which 99% of users don't need to
> read, about modifying the software.

That's a good idea. Let's see what GPL v3 brings.

> > As for contacting copyright holders before commercial use, that
> > gives me the option to say no to something like a bit of my music
> > being used in a TV advert, for example. I might not approve of
> > the association with the product
> There you're way out of the domain of the GPL, which explicitly
> forbids any discrimination about how the software is *used*, and is
> only about copying.

Quite - but then the GPL was written for software, not music. We can 
draw parallels, but ultimately they are not the same.


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