In my last post I told of a Masters Thesis that vanished from the web, into the night. I suspect I am one of the few people who wants a copy, hence this incident will not attract any wider attention. This is a contrast to today's tale of vanishing.
A while back a talented fellow named Kevin Ryan recorded and put on the web
Dylan hear a who,
which was 7 Dr. Suess stories sung in Dylan style.
(Since I own what is probably
largest collection of
Bob Dylan satires in the world-- 127 satires and
an additional 14 songs that I don't count as satires but others do---
this was a must have.)
Kevin Ryan got a Cease-and-desist order
from the Dr. Suess people to remove it, and he did, as
you can see
One version of the story, which seems correct, is in
One Moral of the story: If you find a SOMETHING on line
that you may want to keep, DOWNLOAD IT. Do NOT depend on
it still being there later.
But there is a different issue here:
Is what the Dr. Suess people did legal? I do not know.
Is what the Dr. Suess people did moral? I do not know.
Is what the Dr. Suess people did stupid and against
their own interests? Yes. I can picture
someone hearing Dylan hears a who and going out and getting
some Dr. Suess books. I cannot picture hearing it and therefore
not getting some books.
Businesses need to devolp different business models for
the e-world in which we live. For example, they may have
worked out a deal where a link to purchase Dr. Suess books
is on that same website and/or an advertisement.
It is likely there are other possiblities.
For more on this, read the book wikinomics, which I might blog about at some later date.