All posts by Sean O'Connor

Sean O’Connor is the Boeing International Professor at the University of Washington School of Law (Seattle). He is also Chair of the Center for Advanced Study and Research on Innovation Policy and Faculty Director of the Cannabis Law &B Policy Project. With a diverse background in music, technology, philosophy, history, business, and law, he specializes in legal issues and strategies for entrepreneurship and the commercialization of innovation in biotechnology, information technology, and new media/digital arts.

More Real Than Television

Contemplating the inauguration from here in France, and it seemed the best thing to do was digitize and post this old track of mine, which is more relevant now than it was then.  

Categories: Art, Creativity, Fine Arts

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Google Magenta’s AI melody and 4 Canadian songwriters

Google’s Magenta artificial intelligence (AI) project produced a basic piano melody that was then given a drum machine background (apparently added by humans not an AI program) and released to the public: Canadian media outlet The Star had four songwriters … Continue reading

Categories: Art, Creativity, Electrical & Digital Arts, Fine Arts, Innovation, Intellectual Property, Law

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Update to music remixing vs. remastering

In response to my last post on remixing versus remastering, Kevin Erickson of the Future of Music Coalition helpfully pointed out some further nuances in the distinction between the two.

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Music Remixing vs. Remastering: What was licensed in the ABS v. CBS lawsuit?

Should new digital versions of classic old analog recordings sound essentially the same as the originals, or provide a fresh take on them? For some record labels with valuable old sound recordings, licenses that should have established the labels’ decisions … Continue reading

Categories: Art, Commerce, Commercialization, Creativity, Electrical & Digital Arts, Goods/Artifacts, Intellectual Property, Uncategorized

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Why “Stairway to Heaven” Doesn’t Infringe “Taurus” Copyright: analysis & demo of “scenes a faire” motif common to both

[Updated with more accurate embed and analysis of fourth descending tone in Stairway to Heaven] Jimmy Page brought his guitar to court today. He’s defending his guitar part composition that forms the basis of the iconic Stairway to Heaven from allegations … Continue reading

Categories: Creativity, Fine Arts, Intellectual Property, Liberal Arts

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