Posts tagged copyright

I highly recommend Ashley Quach’s Sassquach comics. Here’s a panel from Mickey, Goofy and Donald’s Boys’ Night, in which things get rather unconfortable and bittersweet for the aging Disney characters.

I’m glad Mrs. Quach didn’t give a rat’s ass about copyright, as Nina Paley (of Sita Sings the Blues) put it in one of the most eloquent defenses of free culture I’ve read. I’m not at all a copyright abolitionist, but I believe the protected timeframes are ridiculous and that licensing should only ever be required for commercial use. Like Paley, I already dedicated a couple of videos to the public domain and intend to continue to do so when possible and the time is right. It would be very good if more artists followed suit.

Nina Paley’s The Attribution Song explains the difference between copy (which can be OK) and plagiarism (never ever, ever OK).

Not as blatant as copyrighting silence, but still: I’ve recently attempted to upload my short film The Things We Found in the Attic to YouTube, which features a Creative Commons-licensed version of a rather famous cello piece composed by J.S. Bach I lifted from the Archive.org Community Audio collection. But try to get that past YouTube’s automatic cops! Despite the fact the composer has been dead for 260 years, therefore back in copyright only by early 22nd century (if copyright expansionism keeps its current pace), YouTube’s audiofingerprinting system flags the music as owned by Sony BMG (they might ‘own’ another performance, but who cares?), banning the video from a list of countries consisting of… all there is, basically.

Strangely, Web searches (not just on Google, which can’t obviously be trusted on this) are rather thin on this issue of false positives in YouTube audio fingerprinting system; a surprise since I expected this issue to be rather recurrent. Perhaps people just give up. Anyway, here’s a YouTube version of The Things We Found in the Attic that doesn’t violate any imaginary copyrights. With a link encouraging you to watch the infringing version.