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Re: [videoblogging] copyright

By Andreas Haugstrup | "Andreas Haugstrup" <videoblog@...> | andreashaugstrup
September 15, 2004 | Post #1171 | Topic #514

On Wed, 15 Sep 2004 05:22:31 -0000, contactmica <contactmica@...> wrote: > It > makes sense that one should be able to determine the restrictions around > the > use of their material but ultimately becomes what all copyright law is - > One Big > Grey Area- especially were creativity and art are concerned. You've got the idea of CC backwards. With a CC license you are not setting up restrictions with a CC license, you are *removing* restrictions. You go from "All Rights Reserved" to "Some Rights Reserved". What you want (as I read it in this e-mail) is to remove copyright all together, and that's a Bad Thing (it would spell an end for any book that requires a lot of research, press photography and paid journalists). I like CC because I can share my work with an independent community, but disallow commercial use. I still retain my rights as a copyright holder, and I can sell my work if I can find a buyer. With no copyright (or with all my work in the public domain) I can never make money of my works. That would make me sad (and broke). Just think about how an author of a book would feel if he couldn't get paid for what he works with full time. now, *that* would limit creativity. As I mentioned somewhere else problems can arise when people sign over copyrights. I sign over copyright for all my words at my work for example (as do the real journalists who work there). But basically this comes down to some people having a bad union. Musicians and journalists gets screwed over as they pretty much sign over everything. Press photographs (at least in Denmark) have a better union and a press photographer retains many of his copyrights even if he is employed full time at a newspaper. That's not a problem for you and I, it's a problem for musicians to deal with - it's not my fault they sign stupid contracts. > If creative people ( and i mean the fringe - not the producers of > mass/pop > culture aka the ones that make the $$$) concerned themselves with what > they > are legally allowed to incroporate into their ideas and who might steal > it from > them - we'd be really screwed- we'd be allowing ourselves to be a cog in > the > machinery that is so rapidly homogenizing culture. I obviously don't agree with this. I think there is very little trouble mixing a sound copyright protection with the creative production of new works. I'll encourage everyone to sit down and read about copyright law (in a college text book for example). I have a feeling that many don't know what they can and can't do in regards to copyright, and are making arguments based on their hearts. :o) > Its great to establish laws meant to protect the little guy (us) but > these laws > unfortunately work best when they are working against us. I can't help you with your hate for the legal system. Maybe mine work a little bit better than yours. :o) But seriously, most people here are willing to share their work with the community. If I have soemthing worth protecting from commercial use, and I one day find that a company has been infringing on my copyrights I will send both cease and desist letters and lawyers after them. If they can afford to make money off my work they can afford to pay me for it. I won't be going after the little guy, because through a CC license I've already waived *most* of my copyrights in regards to his use. The difference is that the little guy doesn't have to e-mail me to ask every time he wants to use my work. I have a CC license so he can see for himself what he can and can't do. > Ideally content makers should come to understand that this a > part of the contemporary structure and to incorporate it into their > practice. That's not a good way of making law. :o) It's like saying 'there is a lot of theft out there, we might as well legalize it' and then you wouldn't be able to press charges when your car stereo gets stolen. :o) - Andreas -- Personal: <http://www.solitude.dk&gt; File Thingie - PHP File Manager <http://www.solitude.dk/filethingie/&gt;