WordPress has just wished me a happy anniversary; I registered here seven years ago. In all that time, I’ve never once re-blogged. But today’s thoughts on the EU Copyright Directive were not written by me. I have not been following the issue.
The photos and words in the main body of this post were written by my friend and creative colleague, Klaus Bereznyak. He and I collaborate on projects inworld, and share publishing on several blogs. One of the blogs is private, for notes, ideas, communication, and such. The following is one of his posts, and I have his permission to share. It was originally created for our eyes only. Rather than attempting to figure out how to reblog from a Private post, if it can be done at all, I am copy/pasting and using the media here.
I’ve read recently about the debates stirred up by the EU Copyright Directive that ostensibly protects the intellectual property of creators and artists but really just hands more power to, and lines the pockets of, the huge corporations that ‘own’ the artists. It is supposed to affect Second Life creations, according to Mona Eberhardt’s blog. In brief the problem arises when a creator makes derivative works using legitimate sources they have paid for, but these can be blocked if LL itself does not own those rights.
The tendrils of the debate reach into questions of whether it’s possible at all to make truly ‘original’ work if it borrows anything from existing popular culture. Apart from sparking lots of fantasy arguments in my head, some things clarified for me going forward:
- Don’t stop making things
- Keep being inspired by what you see and reusing it
- Artists need and deserve to keep 100% rights to their work and not hand that to middlemen
- The sharing economy of creative commons might be the only way we can thrive and, if we proceed with generosity and respect, these parasitic, fat corporations will hopefully just become a pathetic noisy sideshow.
Most of what I have created here is sourced from the public domain. It is so rich. And since I have no interest in replicating the trashy trappings of branded and trademarked modern culture, I don’t expect to run out of options or fall foul of the directives.
The products we sell at Quelques Choses draw exclusively on public-domain materials that sometimes take meticulous hours of preparation to fit for inworld purposes; so I’m not at all embarassed to charge for what we make.
~ by Klaus Bereznyak May 13, 2019
I enjoy our shop!
edit ~ June 4, 2019; comments closed for this post