Dead Fish Swimming: a Horror Story for Creators of Intellectual Property


This post is very important for all artists! Always keep separate back ups of your work.

Zombie Salmon (the Horror Continues)

I recently visited a product development and turnkey services blog right here on WordPress that contained a post about Apple and its “accidental” confiscation of original music. What, you are wondering, does this have to do with writing Horror?

Answer: Everything. It erased original files of original music from the artist’s hard drive.

Why is that important? Because it is the musicians who are leading the charge in intellectual property rights and – it seems – violations.

The post is titled “Apple Stole My Music – No Seriously” and is located at .. It is a hard lesson learned that anyone who does creative work using a computer and accesses the web should read.

Why? Because I suspect Apple is not alone in poking its blind fingers in intellectual pies. And in a world of Thought Police and creative control (along with its residuals and rights and proof of…

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16 thoughts on “Dead Fish Swimming: a Horror Story for Creators of Intellectual Property

  1. I am probably very naive, but how did Apple get into his or her hard drive? Oh, wait, he down loaded music to his computer and didn’t use a “Cache” to protect is original music. Rule 1: Never keep anything valuable on your computer, always use a removable component and there are many kinds. I it is not failproof, but makes it much more difficult to steal. Just a thought.

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  2. Thank you for passing on the post… I really suggest everyone read the original post for the details of how it all happened…I merely recognized its relevance to all original works and our blind faith in technology…We just cannot be too careful these days!

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  3. Users of Microsoft products, notably Windows 10 and the most recent versions of Word, will have noticed that we’re being “encouraged” (i.e., pushed) to use Microsoft’s cloud services, like OneDrive. Be very, very wary about relying too much on these things. Also DRM (digital rights management) benefits big publishers and mega-retailers more than it does authors: it gives them control over the ebooks you’ve bought and paid for. It can be stripped. (You probably know this already. 😉 ) Backing up to external media is an excellent idea. I need to do more of it.

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  4. I have an external drive I use religiously. And once I’m fairly well along on a project, I also use two thumb drives I store in different locations.

    You can also email attachments of your wip to yourself or a friend who’ll store them.

    Sound extreme? Consider it the bitter voice of experience …

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