I’ve just discovered that much of the content on Voyager’s Golden Record is under copyright.
I mean, I guess if we’re sending a representitive sample of humanity, then yeah. Why not put it all under DRM while we’re at it.
But if we’re sending the best of humanity out among the stars, copyright encumbered media isn’t really it.
On the plus side, the copyright will expire 80 years after the death of humanity, so the extraterrestrials have that going for them.
See also the book Year Zero by Rob Reid. It’s about what happens when Earth music becomes popular among aliens, but they forget to read the licensing agreement, and suddenly owe Earth a zillion dollars for unlicensed duplication.
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