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Why is copyright so difficult?

October 11, 2004 9:15 AM

Anick Jesdanun, AP's internet writer, did a story on Creative Commons and the copyright headaches artists are dealing with. There's even a picture of me! Here's the main point -- there are legitimate business reasons to give away your content:

Contributors to the Commons are largely driven by the philosophy of open exchange, but they insist it is about much more than charity.

MIT courses have been translated into Spanish, Vietnamese and Mongolian, and publishers have approached professors about book deals after seeing their writings, said Jon Paul Potts, spokesman for MIT's OpenCourseWare.

Cory Doctorow contributed an e-book version of his first novel, "Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom," and believes print sales improved as more people heard about it over the Internet.

Gilliam welcomes any reuse -- even for moneymaking projects that don't pay him a dime.

"Every time someone takes a clip from 'Outfoxed,' they have to attribute it," he said. "That serves as a marketing vehicle."

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Thanks to Uncovered, someone in the media is finally picking up on the story of the Creative Commons.

Another feather in your cap, Jim. :)

I hope that more artists will use the Creative Commons as a way of getting exposure and renewing interest in their work. Hopefully, it will allow them to bypass the big marketing corporations and develop an audience by going directly to the public.

Mon Oct 11 2004 10:31 AM

Red Ghost:

Robert Greenwald on KCET tonight (Los Angeles) on a Life & Times spread about this being the year of the political documentary. They mentioned the site , "Films To See Before You Vote."

The "Un" trilogy was mentioned, of course, with Fahrenheit 911, Bush's Brain and Faith In the White House. Life & Times noted that Republican / conservative documentaries are greatly outnumbered. Also touched on were the ideas of documentary parties and the documentaries as a much-needed source of information due to the lack of content on mainstream news.
"A New Political Tool - Documentaries"

It'll be a couple of days until the show is archived into streaming audio and the transcript is available online.

Mon Oct 11 2004 7:06 PM

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