An interesting tweet from @maplight asks the question “How much money has @SenatorReid received from interests supporting bill to making streaming a felony?” That’s a very interesting question as it turns out, although it sounds a bit bitter. It was so interesting, important and of course innovative that it received a retweet from @lessig. I’ll […]
Staff picks: Memory Tapes (NJ) “Yes I Know” @memorytapes (cool video) Niki and the Dove (Stockholm) “Under the Bridges” @nikiandthedove Brigid Kaelin (Louisville) “Future Mr. Used-To-Be” @BrigidKaelin Kyla La Grange (London) “Been Better” @kylalagrange Bronto Skylift (Glasgow) “Tiger” @brontorawks
As we have come to expect, the anti-property rights Amen Chorus in the “blogosphere” have jumped on the Commercial Felony Streaming Act with the usual nastiness that is overtly or indirectly insulting to individual creators. It’s the kind of thing you expect to see from certain fringe types, but it is quite beneath the more serious […]
Suzanne Vega gave a great talk at the CREATE conference in Washington, DC this week.
Leslie Burns has a thorough and sharp analysis of Google Image Search “Easy Versus Right” a must read for all visual artists.
This post is the second and final part of the piece on the Report of the Special Rapporteur to the U.N. Human Rights Council. See Part 1. The Missing Straw Man It appears that the report has already engaged in an a priori balancing of human rights and has determined—without elucidating the argument—that the rights […]
It is not lost on professional creators and those who care about them that an already tough business has gotten tougher in the last decade. These creators watched—sometimes literally—their works being parlayed into billions for everyone in the distribution chain. Except the original creator, of course. (Yes, billions—if recent disclosures about the size of the […]
Professor Jeremy Philips of the IP Kat blog has written a short but devastating critique of the Special Rapporteur’s report (which has inspired me to dig a bit further into the report, results forthcoming). I highly commend Professor Philips critique to anyone who is serious about the report’s rather questionable DNA. My one question about Professor […]
The Report of the Special Rapporteur of the UN Human Rights Council on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression devotes considerable attention to the negative effects on the expression of opinion and access to culture that obtain when artists are allowed to enforce their rights. The only problem with […]