Re: [videoblogging] Wired magazine

Good timing on this article. Personally, I believe the Fair Use policy is
too ambiguous and narrow when it comes to non-commercial uses of
copyrighted material. It needs to be clarified, expanded, and updated.

I believe in copyright law, but I also believe the Fair Use policy makes
it virtually impossible for the average person to seek out and gain
permission to use copyrighted work, even in a non-commercial environment.

-Rick

> A quickie: I'm writing an article for Wired magazine about permission
> culture. I recently asked the studios and record companies for permission
> to include a movie snippet or song in a home movie I was creating, and
> they all either didn't answer or they said no.
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> Which raises the question: Why should we need to obtain permission in the
> first place? Historically, we've always borrowed from the culture around
> us (as Larry Lessig and others have argued). As we move from a
> text-centric world into a world of sounds and images, why should we have
> to obtain permission before we're allowed to borrow even the tiniest
> video clip or music sample for inclusion in, say, a home movie project?
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> So I'm wondering whether anyone wants to be quoted to that effect. You
> know, "I don't see why … etc etc."
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> I've got the other POV well represented, so just looking to balance the
> piece.
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> Would prefer a private email, but you can cc the list if you'd like.
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> thanks!
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> JD Lasica http://www.newmediamusings.com jd@…
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