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Nigel Bamber

Head of Structural Analysis, Caterham F1 Team

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How did I harm a Beatle?

A short while ago, I started a TED conversation discussing the meaning behind John Lennons' song "Imagine" and it's relevance to our new internet connected world.
Starting the conversation took a couple of attempts as my first attempt was blocked by TED on infringement of copyright grounds. My "crime"? I copied out the words to "Imagine" in this explanation section to illustrate my conversation.
The original use of copyright was to protect artists and creators investment in their creations and safeguard their income from these endeavours.
I'm not sure how my original attempt at the conversation could have damaged either John, if he was still alive, or his estate.
So how much is copyright and IP stifling creativity in this generation. We're all standing on the shoulders of the previous generations of giants. What if the shoulders of giants become out of bounds? Does each successive generation have to start from scratch?


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  • Jun 6 2012: Sounds like fair use to me. That doesn't mean that you can make a recording of the song and use it for your profit.

    Best wishes,
    Doug Bell

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