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By Jay Dedman | Jay Dedman <jay@...> |
September 15, 2004 | Post #1184 | Topic #514

i agree that we and most net people are happy to share for creative purposes. the problem is the existing media who pump so many images, stories, charcters and sounds into our minds...but completely refuse to allow us to play with them. sure, they may ignore me when i make a fake Star Wars parody...but they have every legal right to sue me. they should not be "doing me a favor" by letting me slide...until they think im getting too much attention or hurting their "image". i dont know how it is in other countries...but lets give some perspective. the way i undersatnd it...in the US, the authors of the Constitution gave a creator a 14 year copyright..then his idea became public domain. they believed this would give the author enough time to make money then anyone could recycle the idea... In the past 100 years..this has been changed to 75 years AFTER the author is dead. so our grandkids wont even be able to start playing around with creations that we have to live with for several generations... (again it keeps seems to keep getting longer becasue Mickey Mouse keeps getting older and closer to public domain) so yeah, we all need to get educated on this..especially me. I think Creative Commons has made a common sense set-up that few of us would argue with. Use it, but dont profit(unless you share) and give me credit. But Andreas, i think the emotion comes in when we realize that the corporations will not able by these rules. and they own most of the images, sounds, characters, and ideas that get jammed in our head. and why cant i use this stuff in my work..legally? -- Jay Dedman Manhattan Neighborhood Network 537 West 59th NY NY 10019 212 757 2670 ext.312 http://www.mnn.org