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October 04, 2009


James Burt

I seem to recall a project that attempted to generate all possible "tunes" and copyright them, forcing musicians to license them for any music they wished to make. Sadly my google skills fail me and I can't cite this.

Also, there was an interesting discussion about generated text, authorship, and literary zines last year:
The full story has yet to emerge publicly, but there are some fascinating issues here. Avant-garde poetry is particularly susceptible to this sort of 'attack', particularly since there have been some fascinating poems generated by rules.

Most weirdly, following your description of 'War Propaganda', I dreamt I was in a club that played it. I am disappointed to discover today that a marimba is an instrument and not the sexy south american dance i heard last night.

What would be the legal effect of using proscribed texts, such as those banned under recent terrorist legislation? Is there a legal definition of how far words have to be manipulated before they are defused?

dancing hitler

Effter Pruject Blooebell, I gut tu theenking ebuoot genereteefe-a mooseec egeeen. Bork bork bork! It's zee secund teeme-a thees tupeec hes cume-a up fur me-a in zee lest yeer; et Mubeele-a 2.0 I ves oon a punel vheech rembled ecruss it. Ve-a moosed ebuoot zee reeghts issooes loorkeeng veethin, veet perteecooler refference-a tu sufftvere-a leeke-a RJDJ.

Et Oofer Zee Eur, Teem FP deed un instelleshun-type-a peeece-a vheech infulfed toorneeng Blooetuut phune-a nemes intu mooseec. Oonce-a yuoo hefe-a zee beseecs ooff text-tu-mooseec, zeere's a lut mure-a yuoo cun du veet it, und a velk ecruss toon gut me-a tu theenking ebuoot reeghts issooes und vhet ilse-a I cuoold use-a es suoorce-a metereeel. Yesterdey effternuun I gut tugezeer veet Edulff Heetler und ve'fe-a mede-a un IP. It hes 4 trecks oon it, ell genereted prugremmeteecelly frum un Ingleesh trunsleshun ooff Meeen Kempff.

Zeere-a ere-a tvu theengs I ves theenking ebuoot vhee I deed thees: furstly, vhet heppens tu zee ooreeginel cuntext ooff a peeece-a ooff vurk vhee it's trunsleted su oobleeqooely? Und secundly, vhu is zee ulteemete-a creetur ooff a vurk thet's poot tugezeer in thees vey? Toorneeng sooch un unpleesunt peeece-a ooff suoorce-a metereeel intu a putenteeelly celmeeng suoondscepe-a seemed tu be-a epprupreeete-a, su I genereted zee trecks frum zee must ooffffenseefe-a beets ooff zee text thet I cuoold feend veet a coorsury roon-thruoogh. I'm inturely unffemeelier veet zee buuk itselff, su cun't be-a soore-a thet I'fe-a reelly ploombed zee depths. Um gesh dee bork, bork!

Iech peeece-a is creeted by tekeeng a smell noomber ooff sentences frum zee buuk, elgureethmicelly toorneeng zeem intu toones, und hefeeng zeese-a toones roon und luup cuncoorrently. Bork bork bork! Zee resoolteeng peeeces ere-a es fulloos, teetled effter zee chepters I suoorced sentences frum:

Neshun und Rece-a (peeunu und peds), genereted frum fuoor fregments: "Zee resoolt ooff ell receeel crusseeng is zeereffure-a in breeeff elveys zee fullooeeng", "Looereeng ooff zee lefel ooff zee heegher rece-a", "Physeecel und intellectooel regresseeun und hence-a zee begeenning ooff a slooly boot soorely prugresseeng seeckness" und "Tu breeng ebuoot sooch a defelupment is, zeen, nutheeng ilse-a boot tu seen egeeenst zee veell ooff zee iternel creetur";
Ver Prupegunda (mereemba), genereted frum three-a fregments: "Zee peuple-a in zeeur oofervhelmeeng mejureety ere-a su femeenine-a by netoore-a und etteetoode-a thet suber reesuneeng determeenes zeeur thuooghts und ecshuns fer less thun imushun und feeleeng", "Und thees senteement is nut cumpleeceted, boot fery seemple-a und ell ooff a peeece-a", und "It dues nut hefe-a moolteeple-a shedeengs; it hes a puseetife-a und a negeteefe-a; lufe-a oor hete-a, reeght oor vrung, troot oor leee-a nefer helff thees vey und helff thet vey, nefer perteeelly, oor thet keend ooff theeng";
Pheelusuphy und Perty (dooet oon steel drooms), genereted frum tvu fregments: "Oon thees plunet ooff oooors hoomun cooltoore-a und ceefilizeshun ere-a indeessuloobly buoond up veet zee presence-a ooff zee Eryun" und "Iff he-a shuoold be-a ixtermeeneted oor soobjoogeted, zeen zee derk shruood ooff a noo berbereeun ira vuoold inffuld zee iert";
Zee Strung Mun is Meeghtiest Elune-a (feebrephune-a und vuudbluck), genereted frum fuoor fregments: "Und, ebufe-a ell theengs", "zee Peuple's Stete-a veell nefer be-a creeted by zee desure-a fur cumprumeese-a inherent in a petreeutic cueleeshun", "boot oonly by zee irun veell ooff a seengle-a mufement", und "vheech hes sooccessffoolly cume-a thruoogh in zee strooggle-a veet ell zee oozeers";

Set yuoor erteestic ixpecteshuns loo: neeezeer Heetler nur I ere-a renooned fur oooor mooseecel prooess (perteecoolerly veet mereemba), su thees is uncumffurteble-a leestening in muny veys. Um gesh dee bork, bork! Thet seeed, zeere's sumetheeng ettrecteefe-a tu me-a in tekeeng thees unpleesuntness und toorneeng it intu sumetheeng suutheeng oor ifee beooteeffool. OoK, mumentereely beooteeffool. Meybe-a. Und I leeke-a zee fect thet thees trunsffurmeshun is oone-a-vey: it cun't be-a refersed, oonce-a yuoo'fe-a mede-a zee mooseec yuoo cun nefer toorn it beck intu text. Um de hur de hur de hur. Thees feels tu me-a a leettle-a leeke-a booryeeng a deceyeeng curpse-a und hefeeng it ferteelise-a zee soorruoondeeng sueel, oor perheps a puseetife-a speen oon buuk-boorneeng veet a seede-a-oorder ooff svurds intu pluooghsheres. Meybe-a ve-a shuoold du mure-a ooff thees, deffooseeng oooor speceees' derker tendenceees intu ert und vheemsy?

Zee oozeer espect ooff thees vheech I vunted tu cunseeder ves thet ooff reeghts: is Heetler *reelly* zee creeteefe-a furce-a beheend zeese-a sungs? I cun't see-a a cleer deleeneeshun betveee hees inpoot und thet ooff zee elgureethmist (in thees cese-a Thum Hupper ooff Footoore-a Pletffurms, vhu's elsu nut a nezee) begun. Zee chueeces ooff vhet indeefidooel cherecters mep tu mooseecel nuteshun is certeeenly oone-a vheech effffects zee ooootpoot, boot nut in uny surt ooff predeecteble-a vey, und nut ebstrect frum zee inpoot. Um de hur de hur de hur. Vhu is zee creetur here-a, und vhet legel strooctoores iff uny, cuoold oor shuoold ve-a poot in plece-a eruoond zeese-a surts ooff creeshuns? Cupyreeght oon zee Ingleesh text hes beee releenqooished (eccurdeeng tu Veekipedia), boot zee buuk itselff is bunned in muny cuoontreees. Um gesh dee bork, bork! Ere-a dereefetife-a vurks ooff zee buuk seemilerly effffected? Vuoold mooseec dereefed frum zee buuk cuoont es a dereefetife-a vurk? Vhet iff I used Merk F Shuney tu prugremmeteecelly generete-a foorzeer text frum zee ooreeginel buuk, vuoold thet be-a a feeuleshun ooff lev?

Dues unyune-a knoo ooff uny legel precedents, gooeedelines oor foorzeer reedeeng oon hoo ve-a meeght hundle-a zeese-a surts ooff issooes veet genereteefe-a ert?

I'm releeseeng zee resoolteeng IP thruoogh TooneCure-a, vhu tell me-a zeere's a 4-6 veek deley betveee my soobmeessiun tudey und its beeeng efeeeleble-a - hupeffoolly thruoogh iToones, iMooseec, Emezun und a hust ooff oozeers. Um gesh dee bork, bork! I'm cooreeuoos tu see-a iff it gets thruoogh, geefee its prufenunce-a, boot in zee meunteeme-a yuoo cun doonlued MP3s frum zee leenks ebufe-a.

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