Posts by Stephen Judd

  • Speaker: Stuck inside the Great Disruption, in reply to Hebe,

    No worries. It's a legitimate complaint and I feel a certain amount of imposter wotsit.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 2986 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: Stuck inside the Great Disruption,

    As I suppose one of the colonists and intellectual hustlers, we have common ground on the fear of a timid, conformist future.

    Was going to quote the local leader who recently said “Christchurch is essentially a large rural service town” and pooh poohed any effort to be something more, but oddly, The Press have taken the article down.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 2986 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: When the fast track seems a…, in reply to Jeremy Andrew,

    I once attended a lecture in Germany given by a man who had TWO PhDs, and was a professor. He was introduced as Herr Professor Doktor Doktor Soundso. Nobody but me found this funny.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 2986 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: Losing cultural treasures under…, in reply to Sacha,

    Disney ripping off old European fairytales

    Although that's kind of the point. It wasn't ripping off, to retell them. That's legit reuse from my POV. The rip-off is creating a private good out of them that NEVER reverts to the public.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 2986 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: Losing cultural treasures under…, in reply to Lucy Telfar Barnard,

    I certainly don’t know much about the extent of copyright.

    It’s already really, really long – much longer than it was when it was first invented. If your Mum died tomorrow, which of course we hope she won’t, her work is still protected for another 50 years. 80 years for something to enter public domain is a very long time.

    About your Mum’s books being out of print, I get it. But consider the case where the artist has given up the copyright to a publisher who just doesn’t give a shit, or who went bust, or sold it on to another company that no longer regards (books or music or whatever) as its core business.

    And in the end, this lobbying isn’t for creators like your Mum. It’s for a few large companies to continue extracting value from portfolios they own for even longer than they currently do. Keeping our terms at the already very long limit of death + 50 years isn’t going to hurt your Mum in the slightest. Those large companies always point to small artists and act all altruistic and cry crocodile tears, but that’s a bullshit front.

    I come back to: copyright is an artificial good we've created for public policy reasons. No different to say, fishing quota. It's an impudent demand on the public that we be barred from making new stuff out of old for even longer, with no corresponding public benefit.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 2986 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: Losing cultural treasures under…, in reply to Jeremy Malcolm,

    I favour the Brazilian approach, where if a copyright work is not available after a certain term, the copyright lapses. In this way a incredible trove of Brazilian popular music from decades ago, where the publishers are defunct or don't care, is slowly becoming available again.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 2986 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: Losing cultural treasures under…, in reply to Lucy Telfar Barnard,

    A lot of use of copyright is not by listening or watching, but by making a new work out of them: quoting, sampling, retelling, reframing, whatever.

    You can't just say dear owner, here's my money, now I'm going to make a derived work, and then do it. The owner may not let you, or they may demand more than you can afford. Or worse, and this can happen, you can't find the current owner, and you are either stymied or obliged to hope that you won't get sued out of the blue.

    This is how long copyright terms retard cultural development.

    The original intent of copyright was to provide an incentive for people to create, because creation is a public good. Now, it's grown to the point where it's an impediment to creation. We all know that the real reason terms have grown in the US is so large corporate holders can maintain their monopoly on popular franchises, and we need to understand that while this is good for them it harms the rest of us.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 2986 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: Why all the fuss over six trees?,

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  • Busytown: Beware of the Leopard,

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  • Hard News: Public Address Word of the…,

    Ooh ooh oooh I got one.

    A bad look.

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