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Copyrights To Reach Deep Space 247

bs0d3 writes "Voyager 1 is expected to reach interstellar space soon. It will be the first made made object to cross the heliosphere, which is the final stop in our solar system. Voyager 1, famously contained a gold phonographic record. The record was filled with iconic sights, images, and sounds from earth, and the prevailing message, "we come in peace". The disc was [composed] by a man named Carl Sagan, and it contained many pieces of art, songs, and images, that are all copy-written. According to NASA, 'Most of the material they used was copyrighted by the creators/owners and Sagan had to get copyright releases in order to assemble the original record. Subsequently, Warner Multimedia was able to obtain copyright releases for the 1992 version of "Murmurs of Earth" .. Unfortunately, the book and CDROM are no longer being published and are hard to find as a set.'"
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Copyrights To Reach Deep Space

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  • Klingons (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Vinegar Joe ( 998110 ) on Wednesday July 04, 2012 @10:48PM (#40547151)

    Say piss on your your copyrights........

  • by rossdee ( 243626 ) on Wednesday July 04, 2012 @10:56PM (#40547221)

    Only if they can enforce it.

    So basicly, NO

    Anyway already TV signals have gone out many light years, and they were theoretically copyrighted.

  • by phaedrus5001 ( 1992314 ) on Wednesday July 04, 2012 @10:56PM (#40547223)
    Yeah, I'm starting to think that on Slashdot, the word 'editor' has a far different meaning than the one I'm familiar with...
  • by Jetra ( 2622687 ) on Wednesday July 04, 2012 @11:02PM (#40547269)
    I'm going to apologize in advance for the much swearing and caps. Here goes:


    To hell with the copyright. That music was written without the intent of becoming rich. The music industry can come and kiss my ass cause aliens are not bloody likey going to pay us, an increasingly stupifying species hell bent on destroying itself, the earth, and everything around us. I'm getting my Louisville slugger and going to establish some fucking common sense in this god damn society we call America. Fuck off, 1%, this is the land of the Free, not the land of let's fuck everyone in the ass like our mother country did to us.
  • by Bonker ( 243350 ) on Wednesday July 04, 2012 @11:04PM (#40547289)

    ...asphyxiating in the cold reaches of interstellar space?

    Money well spent.

    I hope that in centuries to come, our descendants will look back on copyright and 'intellecutal property' as a stupid little social experiment that became a painful learning experience.

    'Man, I'm glad we don't to go through that crap. Can you believe they had to PAY for data?!'

  • by geezer nerd ( 1041858 ) on Wednesday July 04, 2012 @11:37PM (#40547545)
    In many different forms of printed material I see today, it seems quite apparent that "editor" means "spell checker program". I rarely see misspelling typos any more, but I see many, many instances of misused words that are correct, well-defined words, just not suitable for the context in which they appear. The odd instances in this article are of that type.
  • by siddesu ( 698447 ) on Wednesday July 04, 2012 @11:48PM (#40547629)
    I go out for a drink with Ted from time to time and I can assure you that he pictures himself slashing the throat of the CFO, taking CFO's pretty secretary right on the bloody desk, and then taking over the position all day long.
  • Re:The plan is... (Score:4, Insightful)

    by JWSmythe ( 446288 ) <jwsmythe.jwsmythe@com> on Thursday July 05, 2012 @12:37AM (#40547951) Homepage Journal

        Nah, by the time Voyager gets to them, they've had years of radio and TV broadcasts pass them. They'll already know about copyright, and more importantly how Earth has planned to treat virtually every alien species. Kill them. Kill them with bullets. Kill them with ray guns. Kill them with fire. Kill them with nukes. If they didn't already have advanced weaponry, they'll have it built before they make first contact.

        At this time, if they met with Voyager, they'd only be about 15 hours behind on our broadcasts.

  • by Joce640k ( 829181 ) on Thursday July 05, 2012 @04:19AM (#40548885) Homepage

    "Unfortunately, the book and CDROM are no longer being published and are hard to find as a set.'"

    Thus illustrating where the copyright system is really broken.

    Copyright should be automatic for ten or fifteen years then after that you should have to pay for continued protection. If it's still making money then paying isn't a problem. If it isn't making money and/or being actively promoted it should drop into public domain.

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