10 Feb 2016

The Opening Clang of “Hard Day’s Night”

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8 Responses to “The Opening Clang of “Hard Day’s Night””

  1. Bob Roddis says:

    You shouldn’t be able to get the slightest copyright protection for a song unless and until you write down completely and exactly what you are playing on a song and then file a document containing ALL of that detail for public inspection.

    • khodge says:

      Why? If you choose to not copyright part of a song then that part would not be copyrighted. We are not talking about a scientific claim that needs to be verified by independent research.

      Suppose a musician records a song at one speed and releases a live recording at a different speed. Should the copyright be invalid if a metronome was not used in composing, practicing, recording, or performing the piece live?

      • Dan says:

        You can’t choose to not copyright part of a song. Copyrights are automatic, you don’t choose to have them or not have them.

      • Bob Roddis says:

        Why? The alleged purpose of copyright is to “TO PROMOTE THE PROGRESS OF SCIENCE AND USEFUL ARTS”, not to make the songwriter a billionaire.

        Article I, Section 8, Clause 8, of the United States Constitution grants Congress the power “TO PROMOTE THE PROGRESS OF SCIENCE AND USEFUL ARTS, by securing FOR LIMITED TIMES to authors and inventors the exclusive right to their respective writings and discoveries.”

        How are you promoting the progress of the “useful” arts (which I don’t think was intended include rap “music”) when we don’t even know what chord it is that you are claiming your special rights to? The purpose of the law is get us peons to learn how to play those chords. And when the original artist shows up 50 years later with a SWAT team (long after the patent on the cure for cancer has expired) wanting to grab your cash for playing “his” chord pattern, shouldn’t we know in advance exactly what those chords are?

        • guest says:

          “The alleged purpose of copyright is to “TO PROMOTE THE PROGRESS OF SCIENCE AND USEFUL ARTS”, not to make the songwriter a billionaire.”

          Right. Even though the Founders mistakenly believed in the need for copyright, its purpose was to incentivize research so that the discoveries and innovations could be used by everyone.

          That’s why copyright was to be limited (way limited) in its duration.

  2. Major.Freedom says:

    Thanks, the more I read about the Beatles, about their techniques and ideas, the more I realize the genius everyone keeps talking about.

    • Craw says:

      They remind you of Duke Ellington?

  3. Bob Roddis says:

    George on a twelve string — F chord g on top and g on bottom c next to g

    Paul’s bass – D

    John – D chord with a sustained G

    I just checked that description against my $60 almost perfect All Beatles Songs piano book. However, the book’s sheet music does not even mention that chord. That chord is like Austrian Economics to Krugman. They don’t understand it so they pretend it doesn’t exist.


    Then I checked the description on the piano against the record. Those guys are right.

    On the piano:

    Play D bass

    Then with a very large right hand play a chord consisting of:

    FGA Middle C DFG

    That’s it.

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