1. quixote says

    This is apropos of nothing, but burrowing owls are indelibly branded on my mind. We have a species here in Southern California. I was camping out in the desert once (Anza-Borrego) and was woken in the middle of the night by the sound of somebody being horribly murdered. The screams and shrieks sounded very close by, but there was no other noise. No struggling or thumping or anything. And the screams went on. I finally got distentangled from my sleeping bag and tent and jumped out and … nothing. The screaming stopped, I couldn’t see anyone anywhere in the moonlight. About two hours later, I finally got back to sleep.

    I mentioned it to a ranger the next day and found out that’s the call of the burrowing owl.

  2. says

    They may not be able to destroy public domain art, but US corporations are sure trying.

    I have put up YouTube videos backed with public domain music. Every one has had a copyright claim filed against it despite the music being pre-1923, all of it acquired by me from public domain archives. One had three separate entities attempt to claim ownership of it.

    I currently have one appeal under review, has been for a couple of weeks, where a company is claiming the rights to a song, “I Didn’t Raise My Son to be a Soldier,” recorded by the Peerless Quartet in 1914 – over 100 years ago. This is routine. These companies literally are downloading public domain works, adding them to their catalogs and claiming ownership, knowing that most people won’t dispute it.

    Sorry for the off-topic comment, but I’ve been battling these companies, filing disputes, etc., so “public domain” gets my attention, etc.


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