Answer Some Trivia Questions To Get A Free Copy Of Year Zero; The Epic Sci-Fi Story Of What Happens When Aliens & Copyright Intermingle

from the answer some questions dept

Well, well. Last week, we posted an excerpt from Rob Reid’s awesome Year Zero novel, and offered up free copies to the commenters who got the highest ranked voting. In retrospect, perhaps we should have realized this effort was going to fail. Whether it was “performance anxiety” from commenters with a free book on the line, a lack of something specific to comment on or (most likely) an unwillingness of people to vote since it might take away from their own chances of winning, the comments on the post got almost no votes. Only one qualifying comment got a serious number votes. One anonymous comment got a bunch of votes too, but you had to be a named commenter to win a book.

That means we’re still left with four books to give away, and this time we’re going about it a bit differently: posting four trivia questions/scavenger hunt items, and the first people to answer each of them in our comments (with some key conditions) get the remaining books sent to them (the first correct response to each question wins — so if someone gets the first question right, and you answer the same question before someone else answers one of the others, you don’t get the book). In order to get the book, not only do you have to get the question right, but you have to leave your email address with your comment (in the email field, not publicly) so we can reach out to you. You also have to respond within 24 hours of us emailing you (check your spam filters!) or we move on to the next person on the list. Yes, again, you have to be in the US or Canada (sorry about this one, but I believe this is due to Random House only having distribution rights in those two countries). Also, you can only win one book. So even if you can answer more than one question, there’s no reason to do it, other than to be that guy… and no one likes that guy.

Okay, here are the questions. Get answering:

  1. Link to a Techdirt post that mentions the person who narrates the audiobook version of Year Zero? (Feel free to name the individual too).
  2. Year Zero is frequently compared to a famous sci-fi series that was a “trilogy” in five books. A few times on Techdirt, we’ve paraphrased a famous saying by the author of that series. What’s the famous saying he said, that we’ve paraphrased multiple times?
  3. The excerpt we posted includes the protagonist in the story, Nick Carter, reciting the “standard terms” that show up in “almost every” major label contract. He notes that most people think he’s joking when he tells them that language, but he’s not. Of course, Carter is just a character in a funny novel… but he’s not joking. Point to three news articles/blog posts (anywhere, doesn’t need to be Techdirt) that point to very similar (does not need to be identical) language in actual music contracts.
  4. Rob has cleverly made sure that he cannot use the most obvious title for a sequel to this book. How?

Good luck.

Filed Under: , , ,

Rate this comment as insightful
Rate this comment as funny
You have rated this comment as insightful
You have rated this comment as funny
Flag this comment as abusive/trolling/spam
You have flagged this comment
The first word has already been claimed
The last word has already been claimed
Insightful Lightbulb icon Funny Laughing icon Abusive/trolling/spam Flag icon Insightful badge Lightbulb icon Funny badge Laughing icon Comments icon

Comments on “Answer Some Trivia Questions To Get A Free Copy Of Year Zero; The Epic Sci-Fi Story Of What Happens When Aliens & Copyright Intermingle”

Subscribe: RSS Leave a comment
21 Comments
Mason Wheelersays:

#2

2) http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20120423/14390718619/why-do-we-celebrate-solitary-experience-books-decry-social-experience-online-social-media.shtml

As Douglas Adams has stated (I’m paraphrasing slightly), every tech around by the time you’re born is “normal,” new technology that is invented before you’re thirty is cool and new and anything that gets invented after you’re thirty is “against the natural order of things and the beginning of the end of civilization as we know it.”

Mason Wheelersays:

Re: #2

The actual, verbatim quote, found at http://www.douglasadams.com/dna/19990901-00-a.html is:

I suppose earlier generations had to sit through all this huffing and puffing with the invention of television, the phone, cinema, radio, the car, the bicycle, printing, the wheel and so on, but you would think we would learn the way these things work, which is this:

1) everything that?s already in the world when you?re born is just normal;

2) anything that gets invented between then and before you turn thirty is incredibly exciting and creative and with any luck you can make a career out of it;

3) anything that gets invented after you?re thirty is against the natural order of things and the beginning of the end of civilisation as we know it until it?s been around for about ten years when it gradually turns out to be alright really.

Apply this list to movies, rock music, word processors and mobile phones to work out how old you are.

Josh in CharlotteNCsays:

Question 3

Not sure how strict your definition of news articles/blog posts are, so I’ve got a few more than 3:

Techdirt article pointing to WSJ
http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20091029/0151366712.shtml
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB125658217507308619.html

will.i.am’s contract terms come to light after MegaUpload song dispute
http://digitalmusicnews.com/permalink/2011/111216william

From ASCAP even:
http://www.ascap.com/eventsawards/events/expo/news/2011/04/Our-Bloggers-Sound-Off-About-the-We-Create-Music-Panel.aspx
a bit vague, end of second paragraph

Actual Music Licensing Agreement at University of NC School of the Arts:
http://faculty.uncsa.edu/film/forms/production/original_music_license.pdf

Blog post about American Idol contract:
http://carlsmiller.hubpages.com/hub/Legal-Contracts-Throughout-the-Universe

Work for Hire Abuse
http://www.stopworkforhire.com/site2/legal-perspective/

Douglas Adams

I don’t know which Adams quote you actually use, but I personally like this one a lot.

During the “Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Future” series, he was asked by some media representatives how he thought technological changes will affect them. His answer:

It’d be like a bunch of rivers, the Amazon and the Mississippi and the Congo asking how the Atlantic Ocean might affect them? and the answer is, of course, that they won’t be rivers anymore, just currents in the ocean.

DEFsays:

Answers

I didn’t see anyone list all of the answers. I stole (and credited) 1-3. I found #4 on Amazon.

1.From Insaniac99: http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20120322/02414218194/musician-jonathan-coulton-i-value-internet-lot -more-than-record-industry.shtml#c484

2.From Mason Wheeler:

I suppose earlier generations had to sit through all this huffing and puffing with the invention of television, the phone, cinema, radio, the car, the bicycle, printing, the wheel and so on, but you would think we would learn the way these things work, which is this:

1) everything that?s already in the world when you?re born is just normal;

2) anything that gets invented between then and before you turn thirty is incredibly exciting and creative and with any luck you can make a career out of it;

3) anything that gets invented after you?re thirty is against the natural order of things and the beginning of the end of civilisation as we know it until it?s been around for about ten years when it gradually turns out to be alright really.

Apply this list to movies, rock music, word processors and mobile phones to work out how old you are.

3. From Josh in CharlotteNC:

will.i.am’s contract terms come to light after MegaUpload song dispute
http://digitalmusicnews.com/permalink/2011/111216william

From ASCAP even:
http://www.ascap.com/eventsawards/events/expo/news/2011/04/Our-Bloggers-Sound-Off-About-the-W e-Create-Music-Panel.aspx
a bit vague, end of second paragraph

Actual Music Licensing Agreement at University of NC School of the Arts:
http://faculty.uncsa.edu/film/forms/production/original_music_license.pdf

Blog post about American Idol contract:
http://carlsmiller.hubpages.com/hub/Legal-Contracts-Throughout-the-Universe

4. From Amazon:

He is the author of Year One, a memoir about student life at Harvard Business School

Rikuosays:

Re: only one qualifying comment

Ditto.
Mike, I know its not your fault, I know its not Techdirt, but you, me and all the others here have decried the negativity that region locked releases have on the market. Therefore, when I, a non-USian, saw you having a competition for a book but saying only open to US/Canada despite the fact you foster a worldwide audience…it left me feeling a bit pissed off.

Chuck Norris' Enemy (deceased)says:

Wow, it exists...really!

I know I’m too late so I will just give one but here is an excerpt from the terms and conditions on the National Robotics Week website:

the Submissions shall be deemed and shall remain the property of iRobot Corporation in perpetuity. By making any Submission, the sender automatically grants, or warrants that the owner of such material expressly grants, iRobot Corporation the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable, non-exclusive right and license to use, reproduce, modify, adapt, publish, translate, and distribute such material (in whole or in part) throughout the universe and/or to incorporate it in other works in any form, media or technology now known or hereafter developed, for the full term of any copyright, trademark or patent that may exist in such material for any purpose that iRobot Corporation chooses

Uncanny resemblance…really…

Follow Techdirt

Techdirt Daily Newsletter

Techdirt Insider Discord
The latest chatter on the Techdirt Insider Discord channel...
Loading...
Older Stuff
13:40 It's Great That Winnie The Pooh Is In The Public Domain; But He Should Have Been Free In 1982 (Or Earlier) (35)
12:06 Norton 360 Now Comes With Crypto Mining Capabilities And Sketchy Removal Process (28)
10:45 Chinese Government Dragnet Now Folding In American Social Media Platforms To Silence Dissent (14)
10:40 Daily Deal: The 2022 Ultimate Cybersecurity Analyst Preparation Bundle (0)
09:29 A Fight Between Facebook And The British Medical Journal Highlights The Difficulty Of Moderating 'Medical Misinformation' (9)
06:29 Court Ruling Paves The Way For Better, More Reliable Wi-Fi (4)
20:12 Eighth Circuit (Again) Says There's Nothing Wrong With Detaining Innocent Minors At Gunpoint (15)
15:48 China's Regulatory War On Its Gaming Industry Racks Up 14k Casualties (10)
13:31 Chinese Government Fines Local Car Dealerships For Surveilling While Not Being The Government (5)
12:08 Eric Clapton Pretends To Regret The Decision To Sue Random German Woman Who Listed A Bootleg Of One Of His CDs On Ebay (29)
10:44 ICE Is So Toxic That The DHS's Investigative Wing Is Asking To Be Completely Separated From It (29)
10:39 Daily Deal: The 2022 Complete Raspberry Pi And Arduino Developer Bundle (0)
09:31 Google Blocked An Article About Police From The Intercept... Because The Title Included A Phrase That Was Also A Movie Title (24)
06:22 Wireless Carriers Balk At FAA Demand For 5G Deployment Delays Amid Shaky Safety Concerns (16)
19:53 Tenth Circuit Denies Qualified Immunity To Social Worker Who Fabricated A Mother's Confession Of Child Abuse (35)
15:39 Sci-Hub's Creator Thinks Academic Publishers, Not Her Site, Are The Real Threat To Science, And Says: 'Any Law Against Knowledge Is Fundamentally Unjust' (34)
13:32 Federal Court Tells Proud Boys Defendants That Raiding The Capitol Building Isn't Covered By The First Amendment (25)
12:14 US Courts Realizing They Have A Judge Alan Albright Sized Problem In Waco (17)
10:44 Boston Police Department Used Forfeiture Funds To Hide Purchase Of Surveillance Tech From City Reps (16)
10:39 Daily Deal: The Ultimate Microsoft Excel Training Bundle (0)
09:20 NY Senator Proposes Ridiculously Unconstitutional Social Media Law That Is The Mirror Opposite Of Equally Unconstitutional Laws In Florida & Texas (25)
06:12 Telecom Monopolies Are Exploiting Crappy U.S. Broadband Maps To Block Community Broadband Grant Requests (7)
12:00 Funniest/Most Insightful Comments Of 2021 At Techdirt (17)
10:00 Gaming Like It's 1926: Join The Fourth Annual Public Domain Game Jam (6)
09:00 New Year's Message: The Arc Of The Moral Universe Is A Twisty Path (33)
19:39 DHS, ICE Begin Body Camera Pilot Program With Surprisingly Good Policies In Place (7)
15:29 Remembering Techdirt Contributors Sherwin And Elliot (1)
13:32 DC Metro PD's Powerful Review Panel Keeps Giving Bad Cops Their Jobs Back (6)
12:11 Missouri Governor Still Expects Journalists To Be Prosecuted For Showing How His Admin Leaked Teacher Social Security Numbers (39)
10:48 Oversight Board Overturning Instagram Takedown Of Ayahuasca Post Demonstrates The Impossibility Of Content Moderation (10)
More arrow
This site, like most other sites on the web, uses cookies. For more information, see our privacy policy. Got it