A great read in French. There is an English translation as well, but not it is not as great as the French article.
[…] si la création libre est quasi inexistante dans le milieu professionnel, n’est-ce pas parce qu’elle est incompatible avec le professionnalisme ? N’est-ce pas justement le volontariat qui caractérise la culture libre?
Cory Doctorow (Boing Boing) has a great little article in The Guardian titled "Copyright law should distinguish between commercial and cultural uses". This is something that I have been thinking about for quite some time. Since we are in the business of tracking images and videos, fair use and copyright infringements are daily conversations at Idée (in a good way, we are idealists after all!). I have to say that I agree with Cory and it is high time we started thinking about a copyright overhaul. What we have had in the past is simply a set of copyright rules that apply to everyone "from Sony Pictures to your neighbour’s eight-year-old" but the world has changed and then came the Internet.
"We need to stop shoe-horning cultural use into the little carve-outs in copyright, such as fair dealing and fair use. Instead we need to establish a new copyright regime that reflects the age-old normative consensus about what’s fair and what isn’t at the small-scale, hand-to-hand end of copying, display, performance and adaptation."
and there is a way for you to get involved and shape things.
(Cory’s photo by Bart Nagel)
Is facebook freeloading? You be the judge, a great news piece from CBC – via Paul Melcher.
From Forbes Magazine article:
U.S. advertising spending on user-generated content is expected to
surge more than eightfold from $450 million in 2006 to $4.3 billion in
2011, research firm eMarketer said Wednesday.
But one of the biggest hold up to the growth of this market are copyright issues that large audience sites are still facing … and that explains the rush to develop good filtering approaches and technologies.