I became numb reading the comic.........it was very good stuff and it really does highlight what is wrong with the current copyright situation......$10,000 for a 4 1/2 second clip of the Simpson's playing in the background in a documentary.......that is just freakin stupid.........I am left speechless, I really am..
Heath - Batman Geek http://batmangeek7.blogspot.com --- In email@example.com, Andy Carvin <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote: > > Hi everyone, > > Sorry if this has been posted already (man, it's hard to keep up with > you guys), but I just wanted to post a note about a must-read comic book > on copyright and fair use. > > The Center for the Study of the Public Domain, in an effort to educate > content producers about the realities of copyright, have published an > amazing comic book called "Tales from the Public Domain: Bound by Law?" > (http://www.law.duke.edu/cspd/comics/) The comic book, available in > various digital formats as well as on paper, is an entertaining, highly > informative about the often-confusing world of copyright law. > > The book follows the story of a documentary maker putting together a > film about life in New York City. ("Trapped by a STRUGGLE she didn't > understand.... By day a FILM MAKER... By night she fought for FAIR > USE!") As she's gone around and captured scenes for her film, she's also > picked up incidental uses of other people's work - a saxophonist playing > a song, a sign in the background with a company logo, public TV screens > showing images of Bart Simpson. These scenes are a reality of modern > life, yet they're a nightmare for documentary producers. As the comic > book notes, one producer was forced to remove footage that featured > someone whose mobile phone ringtone happened to be the theme to the > movie Rocky because they couldn't afford to pay the song's publisher > $10,000 for including it. In other cases, important works like the civil > rights documentary Eyes on the Prize get locked away for years because > the producers couldn't afford to pay for the clearance rights of > incidental music. (Thankfully, Eyes on the Prize will finally air again > on PBS this fall, after years of fundraising to pay for clearance fees.) > > The question is, who's in the right? When does the incorporation of > someone else's creative work into a new work constitute fair use, and > when does it cross the line? > > Page after page, the comic goes through examples of producers who've > found themselves in difficult circumstances because they allowed > themselves to get pushed around by big-media lawyers - even when their > use of someone else's content is justifiably fair use. It's intended to > give producers confidence when it comes to using someone's content in a > fair use context, explaining when the law is on their side and when it > isn't. > > Read more here: > > http://www.andycarvin.com/ > permalink: > http://www.andycarvin.com/archives/2006/03/fighting_copyright_i.html > > -- > ------------------------------ > Andy Carvin > acarvin (at) edc . org > andycarvin (at) yahoo . com > > http://www.digitaldivide.net > http://www.andycarvin.com > ------------------------------ > Yahoo! Groups Links <*> To visit your group on the web, go to: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/videoblogging/ <*> To unsubscribe from this group, send an email to: [EMAIL PROTECTED] <*> Your use of Yahoo! Groups is subject to: http://docs.yahoo.com/info/terms/