NASA Beams Song “Across The Universe” To Other Worlds…Intergalactic Royalties To Be Collected!
If you didn’t hear, NASA is beaming the Beatles tune “Across the Universe” today to the North Star region of space…. You can learn more about this here:
Now, the joke is really on the would-be alien listeners, as they only have one chance to hear this “broadcast” as it speeds by them… If they miss it as it passes over their heads (maybe even multiple heads per alien), they will be out of interstellar luck as the duplicating and re-distributing of this message is prohibited by Earth’s, soon to be announced, Intergalactic Copyright Policy.
Rumor has it a new division of R.I.A.A., “Cosmic R.I.A.A.” or possibly, “R.I.A.A. in Space”, will be formed and their lawyers are already pounding out remuneration scenarios for the various unknown species of sentient life that might be found space-pirating away this precious sonic material… some of these scenarios are speculated to include, but not limited to, heavenly sums of something very valuable and future imprisonment on the yet to be established penal colony on Mars (You know you wondered what all those missions and rovers we’re REALLY up to!).
O.K. seriously… the song is 40 years old today and the truth is that by the time it get’s to where it’s going…it will have been in the public domain for nearly 4 centuries! So… copy, duplicate, and replicate away cosmic creatures of the deep unknown!
Joseph M. Pisano, Ph.D. is the creator of many education websites, a lecturer, clinician, trumpeter, and conductor. He is currently the Associate Chair of Music and Director of Bands in the Calderwood School of Arts at Grove City College in PA. He been named a TI:ME Teacher of the Year, received the JEN Jazz Educator Award and the PA Citation of Excellence. He is a past Vice President of the Technology Institute for Music Educators and the current Vice-President of the PA Intercollegiate Bandmasters Association. He also writes for DCI Magazine, Teaching Music Magazine, and is the Educational Editor for In-Tune Monthly Magazine; he has contributed hundreds of articles to various publications. Find out more at his website jpisano.com.