Sunday, March 28, 2010

From the mailbag...

Catching up on older emails...

Rabbi Gil Student writes:
This book might interest you. I plan on writing about it next week.

Copyright in Jewish Law by R. Nachum Menashe Weisfish: Copyright in Jewish Law by Rabbi Nachum Menashe Weisfish |
That post is here: Hirhurim - Musings: Copyright in Jewish Law

Rabbi Josh Waxman emails a link to his post "Copying music, yashrus, and the new information economy." He makes more compelling arguments on some side issues, compared to my erstwhile debater, whom he gives way more credit than is due, but seems to miss the main point. (I believe I've written about some of these side issues in the past. No time to find links now.) As a side point, in his last post, my erstwhile opponent demonstrates that he can't read a teshuva properly. He wrote:
As I noted before, there are these who indeed don't allow copying. One instance is R' Moshe, (here, although he doesn't give a rationale).
I urge people to read the teshuva he links (which I'd cited earlier, incidentally) wherein Rav Moshe explicitly gives reasons for why it is prohibited. This fellow can't be trusted to accurately represent written responsa, and we're supposed to accept his word on alleged oral responsa from dead people? Nice.

Naftali writes:
While discussing the story of Purim over Purim, with the lessons learned, I could not help but think about the discussions you have been having with Yosef Greenberg.

The Jews who attended the Seudah of Achashveirosh had plenty of rationalizations of why there was nothing wrong with what they were doing. No where in the Torah does it say not to partake in any type of the entertainment or food that was being offered at that party. However, we know now that although according to the letter of the law there is nowhere that forbids it; the spirit of the law - the famous fifth shulchan orech - is something we as Jews must adhere to, and they should have known not to be a part of it.

Although the Torah might not specifically forbid copying music, one must use his common sense and understand that this is certainly not ethically right. The Torah is Diracheha darchei noam, and certainly would not want that a Yid should put his heart, soul, and money into a project so that someone (another yid!?) should copy it for free. Copying music = Achashveirosh's Seuda. Go have a party.
Abe writes:
It seems Naftali is “guilty” of the same! The Im Eshkocheich which he refers to as the Lev Tahor version is originally R’ Mottel Twersky’s.
True. That said, there's a difference between not knowing the authorship of a well-known Carlebach melody and associating a Twersky song with the group that made it famous.

Ephraim writes:
Still searching for the hebrew lyrics and translation to the song "קר במסקובה" Kar Bmoskova - "It's Cold In Moscow" as sung by Dudu Fisher on the album Elokai Neshama.
J. forwards a link to a Leonard Cohen Ohad! video clip.‬‎

Daniel (and several others) forwarded a link to "Introducing for the very first time.... Lady GaGa?"

E. forwards a link to a video for Yeshiva University Maccabeats - One Day.