There’s a rare recording of Bob Marley doing an acapella cover of “Chances Are”, the Johnny Mathis classic. I could only imagine that it was a superb recording. So with wanting to hear it, I immediately head over to the page while thinking how great this will sound eagerly ready to press the play button.
But at this point I paused to get my morning coffee as I think out loud… “what better way to hear Bob Marley sing Chances Are on a Sunday morning but with a nice cup of coffee”. I return with my coffee and click the link only to find out that the content is blocked, based on what country you’re in.
Seriously….this happens. My coffee now tastes bitter. I’m wondering why this is so. Why block what has to be a great piece of recording. I can’t imaging that it is actively still being pressed and sold, it’s just sitting somewhere in an archive. So apparently the Harry Fox Agency, the same copyright company that actually claimed copyrights over the public domain works of Johann Strauss, somehow owns this copyright. I ask myself what’s the point in blocking this recording. Wouldn’t publicly sharing just lend to people wanting to buy the recording? I would.
You see, this is what frustrates folks who love music, and leads them to use nefarious measures to attain what they love. So I just want to thank the Harry Fox Agency for helping me keep my skills sharp. You see, digital copyright is an exercise in futility. Those who restrict access on the basis of money will always eventually loose to those who have the love for all forms of art. Our passions for the arts are greater than your passion for money.
“I can only imagine” that the recording is just so beautiful….yes, yes it is….