Thanks to reader Osama Khalid for telling us about another use of Nina Paley's Minute Meme Copying Is Not Theft on Al Jazeera — in this case, using it exactly as we hope the Minute Memes will be used: to set the frame or introduce the issues for a discussion. It's played near the beginning, at about 2:30:
And it's followed by a fantastic interview with Rick Falkvinge, in which he explains why Pirate Party resonates with so many people and why its political philosophy is deeply connected with civil liberties.
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High-res versions, song, and stills available for download at archive.org. (The direct YouTube page is here.)
LYRICS: Always give credit where credit is due if you didn't write it, don't say it's by you just copy the credit along with the work or else you'll come off as an arrogant jerk
Always give credit where credit belongs we know that you didn't write Beethoven's songs pretending you did makes you look like a fool unless you're Beethoven - in that case, it's cool
A transparent system makes cheating unwise the simplest web search exposes your lies no one wants their reputation besmirched which happens to liars when they are web-searched
Proper citation will make you a star it shows that you know that we know who you are Plagiarization will only harm you so always give credit where credit is due!
Synopsis: Mimi makes a copy of a Beethoven Symphony with a giant copy machine. Trouble starts when Eunice erases Beethoven's name and writes in her own. This makes Eunice look like an ass. Searching the Internet (itself a giant copy machine) confirms that Eunice is a liar. Eunice realizes her mistake and corrects it, but by then everyone's moved on - her plagiarism is barely a blip in the spread of correctly-attributed cultural works through copying.