Assuming you haven't been under a rock, there's a decent chance that you've
seen astronaut Chris Hadfield's rendition of David Bowie's _Space Oddity_
(with the lyrics conveniently changed to skip the whole dying in space part).
The video was released just before Hadfield returned to earth, and completely
fit with Hadfield's time on the International Space Station, where he became
the world's first serious social media expert from space -- tweeting, Tumbling
and YouTubing up a storm. But... filming a cover song and releasing it via
YouTube from space had some people wondering: can you untangle the copyright
issues here? Thankfully, Glenn Fleishman dug in over at the Economist (which,
lamely, still refuses to name their writers, but now provides the "initials"
of bloggers, so you can parse out who's who), and explained what a fine mess
The punchline here is that it doesn't really matter, because after a bunch of
back and forth negotiations, they got all the permissions they needed directly
from David Bowie. But, assuming others start going up into space (yay, private
space tourism), this issue is going to be raised sooner or later. Glenn points
out that it's kind ...