Snuggles is an online congregation of overt fanatics and curious well-wishers of the famous sample-based music ensemble NEGATIVLAND and their experimental radio program OVER THE EDGE (the longest-running free-form radio show in history). Each team member at Snuggles resides in a special community of like-minded audio, video, graphic, and textual artists who all subscribe to the same e-mail redistribution program (found at firstname.lastname@example.org). In the tradition of OTE's parent company, the UNIVERSAL MEDIA NETWEB (the cultural conveyance juggernaut based in sunny California, USA), the Snuggles collective community is steadfastly committed to fostering creativity and promoting strategic usages of technology so that our customers may feel free to effectively exercise their own free speech rights on a healthy, personal basis.
Our carelessly unscreened staff of cheerful and friendly Snuggles Account Representatives (SAR's) has your free speech in mind! For each Snuggles product you hear, we promise to pique your auditory interest in and vehemently challenge your basic preconceptions about: public media issues and policies, commercial advertising, intellectual property and copyright laws, surprising digital technologies, as well as the past, present, and future of collage, appropriation, rare media recordings, (lost and) found sounds, and the act/art of culture jamming. Snuggles is working hard to fortify your cultural, social, and legal awareness through an extremely unique and public supply of information regarding these issues!
Free Speech For Snuggles
Snuggles has created this statement to further demonstrate our firm resistance to pervasive and invasive corporate influence upon and within our personal and professional lives and minds! It does not serve humanity for the media environment we all occupy to be so utterly and completely dominated by ridiculously moneyed interests. We here at Snuggles want you, the beleaguered consumer and citizen, to know that we understand these complaints and are working hard to demolish such unhealthy barriers.
The following vaguely discloses the keystones of various information-gathering and dissemination tactics utilized by our untamed representatives, along with other worthwhile extrapolations which will undoubtedly illuminate just why it is that we do what we do so well!
Copyright Inflammation / Intellectual Property Policy
Copyright law was initiated in England during early Eighteenth century when Parliament enacted the Statute of Anne. It established a fixed term of fourteen years of protection for copyrighted works (renewable for fourteen more if the author was alive upon expiration) and created a "public domain" for literature by limiting terms of copyright and by ensuring that once a work was purchased the copyright owner no longer had control over its use. Now, in 2003, Disney, who have made killings in recent decades by borrowing from old tales to make new ones such as Cinderella, Pinocchio, Robin Hood, and Snow White, have successfully lobbied the government into extending the copyright protection term for corporate entities from 75 years to 95 years (individuals holding copyrights only got a boost from 50 years to 70 years). As the highly marketable character Mickey Mouse was about to be freed of his 75 year exclusion from the intellectual commons playing field, The Sonny Bono Copyright Term Extension Act of 1998 and the same Supreme Court who brought us the "G. Dubya" administration have extended the game clock for Disney to score still more points with their star player.
Today's corporations, legal entities, and related groups uphold a typical stance on intellectual property control. They effectively attempt to dictate that all portions of copyrighted media cannot be used by, altered by, or otherwise beneficial to anyone other than the company leaders claiming exclusive ownership and the intended targets of their media barrages, products, advertisements, and public airwave output. And those super-sized earnings bull's-eyes on their board room dartboards depict the vast armies of submissive consumers who faithfully push the corporate profit wagons up the peakless mountain of capitalism. Organizations like the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) and the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) have cited outright piracy, product bootlegging, and lost revenue as their motivation to crush or at least obstruct activities like "direct reference" criticism, alongside file sharing and webcasting, with their lawyers and lobbyists in Washington. They have repeatedly and deceitfully contended that artistic appropriation somehow inhibits their ability to sell the musical art which they control although artists who routinely sample fragments are hardly attempting to profit from the marketability of complete works.
Snuggles knows how easy it is for the average media consumer to be unaware of, disinterested in, or just too damn busy to engage themselves in movements counteractive to the sheer, diaphanous force of cultural control and strategic legal positioning presently enjoyed by rich business associations. Although many latent thwarters of such big business sector greed now reside in most online and local communities, large scale communication seems to be blocked to all motives other than profit. Indeed, the only substantial reason commercial TV stations make an effort to broadcast any news items to the general public is that news tends to absorb a reliably captive audience which gives a certain value to the advertisement slots they sell to consociated wealthy companies.
Too often, our "competitors" in the free speech business seem to be saying to their customers, 'unfortunately, all current laws, restrictions, threats, and imbalances must be respected at any and all cost necessary.' But with Snuggles you can say, "let the people do what they want!"
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contain portions of the original ad. While we use copyrighted advertisement slogans and images in parts of our Web site,
ads appropriated have been manipulated so as to "comment" on the origianl ad, and
we do not have patience for those who claim infringement on obvious PARODY. FreeSpeechForSale works with
top image and sound manipulators that serve spliced and edited ads to this site.
control precaution. In addition, no matter how much parts of the site might make you believe that these products are FOR SALE, they are not. The MP3's and Wav's are in no way sold by us, but it does not stop you from taking our merchandise and selling it your self. After all we don't claim copyright on these tracks and we have no legal means of hunting you down and stopping you. (not that we would if we could) Futhermore, If you choose to not accept cookies
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