Sunday, October 30, 2011

WK 1 Peer Comment: Michelle B.

Michelle B's Post:

Wk 1 Reading: Copyright Issues pt.1-3: What's it all for?

Welcome to my first blog post for the Media Asset Creation course. In this post I will discuss copyrighting issues in this day and age. I watched a few different videos and read a few different articles. What I was surprised to notice was that there was little to no mention of the issue of moral rights in the USA. According to The Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 (UK) there are a number of different rights associated with work creations. Moral rights, which is one of them, is the right to object to the derogatory use of works. For example, if a piece of music was is in a pornographic movie, the owner can contest the use of the material on moral grounds. Though there are in fact many differences between UK and US rights, I’m afraid that it may take days to comb through them.

Why is it that more often than not it is these giant companies that want to sue the smaller party over copyright infringements. Have they really paid their dues? How many legendary jazz artists were just paid as session musicians? These musicians who never see pennies worth of royalties . . . I ponder. As the Swedish gentlemen said in the documentary Good Copy Bad Copy, what gives the big US Corporations the right to enforce their ideals and laws on other territories yet so unabashedly disregard those of other territories?

We are in an age where the World is at our fingertips. Even though the USA is the biggest exporter of popular culture it is by no means the ruler of the world. More and more we are expanding, experimenting, creating and remixing. And so the beauty of Creative Commons licensing allows us to safely share our creations without the big bad wolf coming after us. I just hope that great works of art, film and music do not become lost in the memory of days gone by because of licensing. A funny point here was that the company I worked for actually tried to get copyright permission to use the MLK speech in the course books but couldn’t get permission. Why would they deny the use for educational purposes? Should we then think about where the priorities lie for these licensers? Is it to better society or better their profits?

If you want to know a bit more about UK IP issues please follow the link below.

My Comment:

Michelle, I didn't know the whole "Moral" approach in the UK. That seems to be a very good aspect to take into account. I am not to sure how Creative Commons holds up in the UK. Because it is solely based in the US, I do not think it would work in a UK Court. This deserves some further research, but perhaps the internet is such a worldly tool, perhaps Creative Commons might cross continents. That is something to consider, thank you for allowing us to see things from another perspective.

1 comment:

  1. Media Asset Creation: Week 1 Comment on Vasili Giannoutsos’ Blog

    I liked the fact that Vasili discussed the moral issue involved with copyrighted material. Music has the ability to transport you to a time in the past what you were doing while listening to a song comes right back to you. Someone who has original material may not want to be associated with questionable music or movies.

    One of my favorite bands seems to be sampled all the time. (Queen) Sometimes I wonder what are they thinking when I hear the end result. It is almost funny; when a band is starting out they do everything they can to get heard. Play for free, post music on the web and hand out CD’s. Once a band acquires a certain amount of popularity they want to get paid for everything.

    I also found the comment interesting about the United States enforcing our laws all over the world. I understand that we most likely export more “media” than other countries but do we really have the right to enforce our laws? The producers of this media want to send the product overseas to collect the dollars, but they do not like the fact that their laws may not be the same.