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Wednesday, November 02, 2011

Back in the B.L.O.G.

I'm glad for the invitation to return to the friendly confines of the Prawfsblawg to kick around some ideas. I was fascinated by earlier attempts to rank law schools and law journals using pairwise comparisons, but was concerned that the list was guaranteed to be underinclusive, due to the number of pairwise comparisons to be made. So I'll start the month with a question that has fewer items to compare, and where the stakes are much lower.

George Martin, the producer of the Beatles' oeuvre, argued that the eponymous two-disc release we tend to call the White Album would have been a stronger final product if the weaker songs had been culled. I doubt the remaining lads from Liverpool are likely to take a stab at this, but you can have your say on which songs should be included on what I'm calling the "Tighter White Album."  The question will be presented by offering two songs. You vote for the song you think should be kept. Rinse. Repeat. In honor of the old LP format, the highest-ranked 45 minutes of music will be included in the imaginary album after Thanksgiving.

Is this a legal question? Perhaps yes, but I want to get into the details of why I think so at the end of the month, so as not to sway your vote.

Posted by Jake Linford on November 2, 2011 at 09:00 AM in Intellectual Property, Music | Permalink

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1) Dear Prudence
2) Blackbird

The first album (disk? space on the MP3 player?) is actually fantastic children's music. We used to play/sing this to our daughter when she was a baby.

Posted by: Howard Wasserman | Nov 3, 2011 12:01:34 AM

Thanks Howard. I have used both I Will and Good Night as lullabies for my children in the past. The latter is a favorite of my five year old, Gillespie.

Posted by: Jake Linford | Nov 3, 2011 8:41:21 AM

We've reached the half-way point for crowdsourcing the Tighter White Album. The voting has been dominated by FSU law students, I'm afraid. I'd love to see more geographic diversity. That's where you come in.

Posted by: Jake Linford | Nov 15, 2011 4:48:25 PM

Thanks for this, although I have to wonder how Sexy Sadie ranks so high.

Posted by: Alex Long | Nov 30, 2011 9:33:10 PM

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