Copyleft, or the application of systems like creative commons is an attempt to create content that isn’t bound by restrictive copyright laws that prevent derivative content from being created. Internet culture lives and breathes on the ability to take already existing content and edit/remix/reuse it to create something entirely different. Generally, the ability to do this allows the content itself to become more well-known and popular.
For example, during the late 2000’s and early 2010’s there was a very popular trend on YouTube called “YouTube Poop” where people would take existing content and with a mix of editing, sentence mixing and inserting other content.
King of the Hill was very popular for it because the owners weren’t aggressive with their copyright knowing that the show was over and allowing YTP to be made would allow people to get exposed to it.
- Do you think that copying is always theft or not – explain your reasons?
Piracy/Copying is generally a delivery problem, Let’s go through the process of renting/purchasing a film and watching it.
Go down to the store, purchase it, travel home, put in ps4, blu-ray menu, warnings saying I will burn in hell for copying it, unskippable trailers, film finally starts.
And for piracy, Open Kickass or PirateBay, Find the 1080 rip, Click the magnet, Wait an hour or so for it to download, open file, watch film.
To quote Gabe Newell co-founder and CEO of Valve [owners of Steam]
“We think there is a fundamental misconception about piracy. Piracy is almost always a service problem and not a pricing problem,” he said. “If a pirate offers a product anywhere in the world, 24 x 7, purchasable from the convenience of your personal computer, and the legal provider says the product is region-locked, will come to your country 3 months after the US release, and can only be purchased at a brick and mortar store, then the pirate’s service is more valuable.”
Services like Steam and Netflix have made big strides in fixing this, Ease of use and ease of access to content often makes it just easier to get the content from them as you know it will work.
Who is Larry Lessig and what part has he played in the copyright/copyleft debate?
“A culture in which creators get to create only with the permission of the powerful, or of creators from the past” – Lessing
Lessing is a proponent of Copyleft, He realises that copyright law is outdated and full of massive issues. People should have the right to share ideas and concepts between each other. Lessing was the creator of the Creative Commons concept, where people can release content and as long as they are credited with the creation of it. It’s free to share and remix at will.
I have decided to use a Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International licence
You are free to:
- Share — copy and redistribute the material in any medium or format
- Adapt — remix, transform, and build upon the material
- for any purpose, even commercially.
- The licensor cannot revoke these freedoms as long as you follow the license terms.
Under the following terms:
- Attribution — You must give appropriate credit, provide a link to the license, and indicate if changes were made. You may do so in any reasonable manner, but not in any way that suggests the licensor endorses you or your use.
- ShareAlike — If you remix, transform, or build upon the material, you must distribute your contributions under the same license as the original.
- No additional restrictions — You may not apply legal terms or technological measures that legally restrict others from doing anything the license permits.