> As we've mentioned, there are two issues at work here: bandwidth and
> context. The first is a technical issue, probably best addressed by
> things like freecache.org or bittorrent.
Thanks for bringing up context, Ryan. It was on my list, but I'm
currently sidetracked by Denmark playing the European Championship's
semifinals (0-0 so far, thanks for asking).
In my world there's deeplinking and then there's deeplinking.
Deeplinking to a page within a site structure – eg. linking to <http:
//www.solitude.dk/about.php> instead of <http://www.solitude.dk/> –
something I encourage. That's how hypertext work, and that's what
makes it great.
This is different from deeplinking directly to a movie file. In my
Movies aren't hypertexts. The movies we're making now aren't
hypermedia either. They are dead ends on the world wide web and as
say: Alone they have no context.
The context is provided in the videoblog entry. The HTML page that
describes the video and either displays a video window or has a link
to the video file.
So when I create a video entry what I'm saying is. Here's a work I
created: It's a videoblog entry consisting of some hypertext (HTML)
*and* an embedded video. Then normal copyright laws applies:
Distributing another's work without their permission is a no-no. This
will include showing the video out of context (in my world! I am not
I'm paying money to make my work available to the world. If someone
presenting my work in a context I don't want it to be presented in I
have copyright on my side all the way. When that someone is actually
making me pay more money to have my work presented out of context I
will get just a little bit annoyed.
As Peter has pointed out it's pretty easy to prevent these things
.htaccess files. I haven't made such a file first of all because I
haven't made more than one video and secondly because I think all
people are good people until proven otherwise. :o)
So keep the world wide web alive by linking to the HTML page and not
the video file. It is only fair to the author.
PS. I have a very idealistic approach to how I think copyright should
work. I would like all non-commercial uses to be free of charge, but
at the moment someone is making money distributing or using some of
work I fully intend to get paid.