Tag Archives: Creative Commons

Tracers need to watch their asses

9 Mar

by Mike Hansen

The Beat linked to this big-ass thread about Invincible Iron Man artist Salvador Larroca being the latest high-profile talent to be caught swiping.

Salvador Larroca swipe

Part of this is copyright Marvel, part is copyright the photographer, or AP, or somebody. None of this is used with permission. Uh-oh.

Is this stealing, or a fair re-interpretation of another’s work? Well…

After Mike Mayhew, David Mack, and Greg Land (among others) got caught swiping, Marvel updated its contracts to say that the artists assert that their work is wholly original (as a way to cover Marvel’s ass).

The Associated Press definitely does NOT have a sense of humor about this; it’s pursued legal action against news aggregator sites and blogs that quote from its articles.

And ALL comics artists need to be paying attention to what’s happening to Shepard Fairey, who might face JAIL TIME for Continue reading

Neil Gaiman and Peter David on SOPA/PIPA

18 Jan

by Mike Hansen

SOPA Resistance Day!

Image by ~C4Chaos via Flickr

Two of my favorite comics writers have been talking about SOPA/PIPA online.

Neil Gaiman posted an open letter to Washington, signed by quite an array of creators, including some of my favorites:

We are deeply concerned that PIPA and SOPA’s impact on piracy will be negligible compared to the potential damage that would be caused to legitimate Internet services. Online piracy is harmful and it needs to be addressed, but not at the expense of censoring creativity, stifling innovation or preventing the creation of new, lawful digital distribution methods.

(much more in link)

On his own site, Peter David blames illegal downloaders for the bills’ existence:

All people had to do in order to prevent anything like SOPA from ever coming into existence was respect copyright laws. You don’t bitch that copyright law is outdated. You don’t declare that the rise of the Internet means that everyone, everywhere should have free access to everything. If you felt that strongly that copyright law should be changed, then you do what you’re supposed to do: you go to your elected officials and seek redress of grievances. You don’t just sit on your ass in front of your computer screen, announce that you can do whatever you want, and declare that anyone who disagrees with you is clueless and should just piss off. Because you know what? Maybe they are clueless. But they’ve also got high-powered lawyers who are going to seek redress of grievances, and suddenly you’re staring down the double cannon of SOPA and PIPA and wondering how it all went wrong.

(much, MUCH more in link)

For added fun, read the comments, in which Mr. David and I misunderstand one another, make blanket assumptions about each other, and disregard each other’s points! (I’m being nice: it is his site, after all).

Any thoughts, readers?

Free Friday Fun (Plus One Non-Free-But-Still-Cool Thing)

16 Sep
The box art for the PC version of Portal.

Unless you're blind, you should get this. NOW. (Image via Wikipedia)

A few things to start our weekend – all without spending a dime! Continue reading

New Model Army (or, Who Doesn’t Love Free Stuff?)

11 Sep
Image representing YouTube as depicted in Crun...

The beginning of the end? Or the end of the beginning? (Image via CrunchBase)

I love free stuff!

I can get free comics on Free Comic Book Day. I can get free gaming stuff on Free RPG Day. My arms are still recovering from lifting all of the free swag from Comic-Con. I love listening to all of the free music on the internet (legal or otherwise). I love watching free videos and movies online (thanks, YouTube, Hulu, Vimeo, etc.!).

And there are a lot of people, especially younger folks, who love getting illegal copies of stuff for free online: music, movies, comics, books, you name it. What can be done about it? Honestly, not much: it’s just a giant game of whack-a-mole, and there are too many easy ways for people to disguise their IP addresses so they don’t get caught.

So how does an artist make money in this brave new world of Continue reading

All Day

7 Sep
Girl Talk

Image by reallyboring via Flickr

This company and website was named after the most recent album by Girl Talk, who’s become the most relevant and important musical artist of the last decade while breaking U.S. copyright law and getting zero airplay (brief bio here).

You can download All Day for free from Girl Talk’s label, Illegal Art, here.

You can watch RIP! A Remix Manifesto, a documentary about Girl Talk and mash-up music, here.

I highly recommend Good Copy Bad Copy, a documentary about how modern copyright law is stifling popular culture instead of aiding it, Creative Commons, and Girl Talk (among others), which you can watch and download here.

And if you like all that, Continue reading

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