Friday, July 20, 2012

I've Been MIA.

Since April.

You see, shortly after my last Sunday Song Lyrics post, I learned the entire feature was one giant copyright infringement (well, it probably constituted several small ones, but I digress). Apparently it's against United States copyright laws to use song lyrics in anyway.

It has something to do with the percentage of words used, and songs have few words compared to books, so even a small quote uses a great percentage of words...It's not easy to state simply. But it effectively  stripped the wind from my sails.

While I hardly expect to be sued for telling my readers, "This is a great song! Listen to it!", I do want to operate this little slice of cyberspace according to the law. So I've been laying low and rethinking some things.

And, let's face it. It's summer, and Summer = Busy.

In the midst of the busyness, I've been reading (several ) books, watching (a few) movies, and listening to (tons of) songs on the other words storing up blog fodder.

Okay. It's stored up. So what am I going to do with it?

I have no plans to change my book reviews. They are well within what I now know of copyright laws.

Movies are the same...not that I've reviewed many movies. I did see two in the last few weeks that will probably show up here in the near future. A word of warning, I don't watch new movies, at least not often, so don't look here for what to see this weekend...unless you're planning to mine the archives at the movie store for something cheap.

I still love the idea of Sunday Songs, and I'm unwilling to relinquish it entirely. So I'm revamping it. My source  on the copyright laws informed me that embedding a video (as I did with Matthew West's Strong Enough) is perfectly acceptable. It also makes me show up in search engines easier. This is a plus.  "Sunday Song Lyrics" is becoming "Sunday Songs," and will show videos (official from the artist when possible) instead of lyrics.  You'd rather see that anyway. Right?

Album, book, and movie covers are fair game, copyright wise, so I'll still show them off.

I have another little feature up my sleeve, but I haven't hammered out all the details on it yet, so I'll keep it under wraps for now.

Look forward to new posts soon here at Andrea's Take. And to my followers...Thanks for sticking around. I'll do my best to see to it that you don't regret it.