Today, I got up and got dressed for work.
It was six weeks ago that the news came forth that organizers of campaign rallies in support of President Trump in African American communities were allegedly handing out cash to people in attendance.
I live in San Francisco, which is under a mandatory shelter-in-place order – together with the San Francisco Bay Area, 6.7 million of us are hanging out at home.
An evening press conference by San Francisco's mayor yesterday caused me a little rejoicing in the midst of all that is going on around Covid-19 and this three-week lockdown.
Some of my readers who keep up with Robin Thicke will remember that he was sued by the heirs of Marvin Gaye. After all the controversy about “Blurred Lines” similarity to Marvin Gaye's “Got to Give It Up,” the jury in the copyright case between Mr. Gaye's heirs and defendants Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams ruled in the heirs' favor, to the tune of $7,300,000. Indeed, the defendants had to give it up!
In a time when the meaning and practices of cherished American rights and freedoms are before us in the news every day, there is a right and freedom in Article 1 of the Constitution that has been consistently overlooked. Since 1790, every person living in the United States of America has had the right and freedom to create property for themselves that he or she can own, control, and make a living from. That property is called intellectual property. If you are a musician, the key intellectual property for you to know about is copyright.