Archive for July, 2008

Pro Orphan Works Party

July 13, 2008 Comments off

I have no idea if this is true, but it’s funny (Tom Richmond’s blog):

“IN OTHER NEWS- Orphan Works advocates are supposedly planning their own party to promote the act. If you should attend this “Orphan Works Promotional Party”, be aware that you should at no time leave your drink or open beer on any table unwatched, as if anyone comes by and is unable to discover who’s beer or drink it is after a “reasonably diligent search”, they are free to take and consume it themselves.

On the plus side, if you don’t mind a little possible backwash contamination, you can likely get hammered for free at that event, date TBD.”

YouTube Royalties Redux

July 13, 2008 Comments off

Royalty auditors take note:

“And lacking a fully automated billing system for YouTube, Google staffers had to calculate some bills manually.”

But they can pay a rev share…hmmm.

Jeremy Kuper: The internet is not free

July 7, 2008 Comments off

This from the Guardian:

“Copyright owners have the right to object to illegal file-sharing, and downloading of their content. The result of this court action [i.e., the defeat for Google in Viacom v. Google and the infringement class action (Football Premier League et al v. Google) directing Google to give up YouTube infringement data] is that YouTube will need to police the material that people upload. They will also need to set up a system of royalties to pay content owners and authors for the rights to use their work. This will reduce the value of the YouTube brand, and force them to share their profits on a more equitable basis, instead of just enriching Google.”

Right on, man.

International Confederation Condemns U.S. Orphan Works Act

July 2, 2008 Comments off


International Confederation Condemns U.S. Orphan Works Act

Last week,the International Council of Creators of Graphic, Plastic, and Photographic Arts (CIAGP) adopted the following resolution:

“Resolved that the artists rights societies of 31 countries, members of CIAGP, under the aegis of the International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers (CISAC), hereby expresses its condemnation of any effort by the United States Congress to legitimize and endorse an ‘orphan works’ regime, which would function to the great detriment of the creators of these works, and deprive them of their artists’ rights.”The resolution was unanimously adopted during the international conference of CISAC.

It was proposed by Dr. Ted Feder of the U.S., President of the Artists Rights Society

CIAGP is the visual arts division of CISAC. CIAGP collectively acts for over 100,000 artists, photographers and illustrators through artists rights societies in 31 countries. CISAC works towards increased recognition and protection of creators’ rights. Founded in 1926, CISAC is a non-profit organization headquartered in Paris.”

Well, well, well. Hundreds of thousands of artists around the world have come out against orphan works. And you know what? They managed to do it without taking money from Michael Petricone, Gary Shapiro, or the Digital Freedom Campaign. Or Google for that matter. In fact, these artists are probably the only ones who haven’t taken the king’s shilling.

Next time you hear the consumer electronics folks trying to pass themselves off as pro-artist and even speaking for artists, just remember who was there when the chips were down.

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