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Clint Phipps

A member of the community since February 28th, 2000.
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  • Bio: Our futures, not our histories, matter. What I was is not what I am, what I am is not what I will be. My presence (my existence in the present) is my footstep into the future and is far more important that all the footprints behind me. I find it interesting that so many make so much of what has been, as opposed to what is or what may be. In so doing they do not think of where they are, what they are doing, where they are going. My past may have no bearing on anything from this day on, why dwell in it? History and our memory of it exist so that we may guage the flow of our lives, so that we can see the changes and know that our world is alive and breathing, not to control our direction or define our destination. From any one point in our lives thus far there have been any number of possible pathways that we have chosen to follow, and so it is with our present existence. The past is often considered a portrait of the present person, but it does not take into account potentials or futures that are possible. Once we have reached this understanding, we are prepared to put the past aside and make future.

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  • anything but that...

    -- on Library System Terrorizes Publishing Industry on September 8th, 2000

  • This is where the whole idea of moral rights makes the most sense to me. ...And where copyright makes the least sense to me. Why should Sony, or Jackson for that matter, both 3rd parties who were uninvolved with the creative process of the Beatles catalog, have any rights whatsoever in controlling songs that are so intrinsic to our culture. In trademark alw there's a doctrine that basically says that if a trademark becomes universally accepted by the public as a common word, like "asprin," then it loses it's property status. A similar conception of copyright as property might be a good idea, even though it would have drawbacks for the artist, or in this case the 3rd party freeloader. Just an idea.

    -- on Sony Nixes Rumors of Deal for Jacko Catalog on March 10th, 2002

  • This article give some insight into the tru motivations and practicesof the music and entertainment industries. The following quote is a poignant assessment that speaks to the underlying real world goals of the music industry: that is, to get as much money from the little guys (i.e. artists and consumers) as possible in any way possible, legal or not.
    "...the entertainment industries make Enron’s management look like Boy Scouts. Talk about screwing the little guy: audits of record companies routinely indicate "errors" that are always in the companies’ favor. (Recording artist Peggy Lee just won a big judgment, and many other artists’ lawsuits are pending). Accounting is byzantine enough to make Enron’s look simple."
    The music industry has been around a lot longer than Enron. Unfortuntately, unlike Enron, the music industry will persist in it's business practices of questionable ethics and deplorable accounting because they're still making boatloads of cash. Well. It doesn't change the fact that artists write the songs. The whole system is backward -- and flawed to its very core. The record companies should be at the artists mercy rather than the other way 'round. Remember this when you think of copyright law, of MTV of Sony, Universal, ASCAP, BMI, Independet Promoters, Radio and media consolidation, payola, and all the money thrown at senators by high powered lobbying coalitions: without artists, the companies would not even have the vibrations of the air that they now sell. (And, can you really call that a product in the first place? Soundwaves? How do you sell a compression wave? Tickle my cillia, baby, and I'll pay you 5 bucks.)

    -- on Republicans Should Back Recording Artists, Consumers on March 10th, 2002

  • I have to wonder what would happen if France were an agressor in a war that went against the wishes of The United States and the majority of the UN. Would they be an "Axis of Evil"?

    -- on Terrible evil in the whitehouse on March 18th, 2003

  • Private security guards, mind you. That the biggest problem with malls in America, they are not public places, even if they seem like it. The solution? Don't go to the mall anymore. That may seem a bit extreme, but you really can get everything you need elsewhere.

    -- on New York: Lawyer Gives Peace a Chance on March 18th, 2003

  • Just in case y'all missed our illustrious leader's consummate performance.

    -- on President's speech on March 18th, 2003

  • Johnny Cochran, before he was O.J. Simpson's attorney, had a fitting observation concerning this subject. Something to the effect of: Once the Government takes rights, that's it, they don't give them back...

    -- on War Means Rights May Be Scaled Back on March 21st, 2003