May 29, 2013

COPYRIGHT IN SPACE. Interesting stuff, but with a strong suggestion that copyright law injects unnecessary complexities:

In this particular case the matter is straightforward because Commander Hadfield had obtained permission to record and distribute the song, and production and distribution was entirely terrestrial. Commander Hadfield and his son Evan spent several months hammering out details with Mr Bowie’s representatives, and with NASA, Russia’s space agency ROSCOSMOS and the CSA. The copyright issue may seem trivial, but the emergence of privately funded rocket launches, space tourism and space exploration hold the potential for more substantive disputes.

Indeed. Upside: They’ll need space lawyers!

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