Monday, June 06, 2005

The Day The Music Died (in Star Wars Galaxies)

A bizarre consequence of overly-restrictive copyright legislation (or at least the fear of being sued). Although online players of the massively-multiplayer online game Star Wars Galaxies are allowed to create their own characters that can perform virtual music, they are not allowed to make their own creations. Why? Fear of licensing issues if someone makes new music, and the fear of being sued if someone performs a tune by The Beatles or Madonna.

In real cantinas out there, one can pay a small fee to perform someone else's work (i.e. a cover song). But there are no equivalents online.

It just seems odd that in a Galaxy far far away, original music is banned. The only music allowed is pre-canned segments (by John Williams at least?)

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posted by Brian at 1:52 PM

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