February 21, 2016

FAQ

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Q: Where is the Intro/Outro music for the podcast from?

A: I wrote it and recorded it myself. It’s © Micah D. Tillman (that’s me!), 2016. Don’t you dare steal it. (Not that you would want to. It’s not that great. It’s okay. I mean, I like it. But still.) [Top]

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Q: Where is the other music in the podcast from?

A: Each episode uses some popular song or other. Unlike the intro and outro music, I don’t own the copyright to them. Check out the Top 40 Philosophy Spotify Playlists to listen to all the songs that show up in the podcast. [Top]

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Q: If you don’t own the copyright to the other songs, why are you allowed to use them?

A: The reason is something that I believe is called “fair use, for purposes of commentary and criticism” in the United States. However, I only use snippets of each song. (For background, see this court case [PDF] and these guidelines.) That way, my podcast cannot be used as a substitute for buying the songs yourself, or listening to them on Spotify (or some other legitimate streaming service). In fact, I hope the podcast functions as a kind of free advertising for the artists whose work shows up in its episodes. I hope that by “teasing” their songs, the podcast will encourage you to go listen to the songs in their entirety on Spotify (or some other legitimate streaming service) — if for no other reason than to see if I have interpreted them correctly. [Top]

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Q: What right do you have to talk about philosophy?

A: I have a Ph.D. in philosophy, if that counts. Also, I’ll try to provide links to the philosophical resources that inform my commentary in the show notes to each episode. [Top]

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Q: What right do you have to talk about music?

A: I minored in music in college, have been playing music since I was about 11 (I play guitar and flute, if you care), and have been writing music since I was about 15. I gave guitar lessons while I was in college, and created/taught the Philosophy of Music course for McDaniel College. Also, I know popular music like the back of my hand, because I study it on my own time, because learning is a lifelong process of growth and awesomeness, because that’s why, because stop trying to hurt my feelings. [Top]