Copyright is meant to protect artists so they might be able to make money from there work they tirelessly work on. What i think we are starting to see is the way in which copyright enables corporations to bleed artists dry of there art, and make as much money as possible over their art (OUR CULTURE!).
Artists (at least those with a soul) make art because they want to make a difference and impact on peoples lives. In a digital age the distribution, remixing and improvement of culture has enormous potential. In fact alot of Art (esp film and music) is copied without permission and in total disrespect to the law.
Part of the GRL masterclass in Adelaide was a discussion about copyright with Elliot Bledsoe from Creative commons Australia. He brought up some really interesting observations about the effects of copyrights which has inspired me to look deeper into the topic. Copyright is a particularly interesting topic when it comes to new media artists…
Consider if you wanted to make your art free? how do you do that when its automatically banned from copying… and whoever copys, edits or distributes your license without your permission risks being sued.
Just like graffiti and street art I believe in art should be available for free on the internet. In fact there is great power to making free art. Operating outside machinery of digital media corporations artists have more freedom for expression and the general public have a real alternative to greed and profit driven arts.
In the interest of FREE CULTURE i have compiled the list below.
Australian copyright (all rights reserved)
FREE CULTURE (a book by Lawrence Lessig)
copyleft: free art license (for art)
GNU general public license (for software)
creative commons (some rights reserved)
creative commons australia
The above video is just a confusing as the issues. but it looks kinda cool
I think the video above sums up the problem nicely and provides a solution- creative commons.
Author: Jerrem Lynch