The end of a Space Oddity
A year ago, we wrote a whole post looking at the copyright questions raised by Canadian astronaut, Commander Chris Hadfield, doing a cover version of David Bowie’s “Space Oddity,” along with an astounding music video in space, as he prepared to return to earth. It’s got over 22 million views, and it’s about to go away… because of copyright and the idea that everything needs to be licensed. This is really depressing, but it shows, once again, a situation that is destroying important cultural works, rather than helping to make them available. It is not clear what’s impeding the deal to extend the license. Neither party has spoken about an agreement directly. As of publishing time, inquiries sent to Bowie’s public relations agency have gone unanswered.
Bowie declared in 2002 that “I’m fully confident that copyright, for instance, will no longer exist in 10 years, and authorship and intellectual property is in for such a bashing,” and further noting that this is “terribly exciting.”
Well, it’s 12 years later, and copyright still exists, and the copyright on a Bowie song is about to destroy some culture. It would be nice if he was able to do something about it to stop that from happening.
Update: Extension of 2 years. Bowie got cash?