Pizza Hut, Taco Bell and World Fair Use Day

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Das Racist, originators of the above song, will be appearing at World’s Fair Use Day. I share this with you with some reluctance, because my darling wife hates that song so much – almost as much as I love it – that I fear she’ll drive over to the Washington Post conference center next Thursday and attempt to taser them. Contributing to my concern is that she could make it a two-fer and go after the top dog *cough* behind The Cheezburger Network, the scourge of grammar-obsessed kitties everywhere.

Oh well. Journalism is about tough choices. I’ll visit you in jail, sweetie.

Ashok Kondabolu, Himanshu Suri and Victor Vasquez are only a few of the folks who will be spending the day discussing that nebulous and ill-defined aspect of copyright law, fair use. Their panel on fair use in hip-hop is one of the earlier items of the day, later followed with discussions about fair use in visual art, gaming, and finally humor – where Cheezeburger’s Ben Huh will be speaking.

The event is open to the public, so if you’re free during the day and interested in sampling and remixing or are a “policy wonk” – one of the options listed on the RSVP form – you can sign up to attend. I’m going to try to be there, so if you see me say hi. I’m the one with the pizza butt and taco smell.

Well I used to say something in my profile about not quite being a “tinker, tailor, soldier, or spy” but Tom stole that for our about us page, so I guess I’ll have to find another way to express that I am a man of many interests.

Hmm, guess I just did.

My tastes run the gamut from sophomoric to Shakespeare and in my “professional” life I’ve sold things, served beer, written software, and carried heavy objects… sometimes at the same place. It’s that range of loves and activities that makes it so easy for me to love DC – we’ve got it all.


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  2. this song establishes a clever lyrical couplet in the first ten seconds, then beats that dead horse into oblivion for 2:50 more. one day, when all the people who were young in the 90s, 00s and 10s collectively wake up from their drug-induced stupor and realize that their hyper-repetitive, melodically insipid and poorly sung fave hits were all total crap, where will we be?
    oh well, when I was young, I listened to Frank Zappa and now corporate radio program directors want me to believe that “classic” music from that era was recorded by Boston and 38 Special.

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