From Ernie the Attorney:
Can you copyright silence? Some people think so. But, of course, some people are frigging idiots.
Oh, good Lord. Me, I read it that someone’s overreacting just a wee tad.
A couple of years ago, the April edition of Electronic Musician magazine ran a “review” of a disc of samples of silence, suitable for use in your favorite sequencer. Funny stuff.
(We’ll just ignore that silences really do sound different from each other. The silence in Carnegie Hall is different from the silence in an airplane hanger. I wouldn’t want to try to make an acoustic model to prove it, though.)