יום שני, 9 במאי 2011

art and law: can the two walk together in the world of the free ? should they ?

A beloved and admired artist, Nina Paley (creator of the legendary "When Sita Sings the Blues") tells a lovely story on art and Copyrights, describing an art gig of hers that went slightly sour, but had a good ending (well, good at least as far as we - internet art connoisseurs - can say).

I disagree with her conclusions regarding the role of Law, contracts and copyrights law in art projects, including gigs, but her story demonstrates a very important point for lawyers and artists to remember:
Free Licences are a very different eco-system from "regular" copy-rights. They require specially tailored contracts and legal outfits, and not a simple copy&paste application, which is creating copyright-protection-oriented contracts in a world of copyleft-reuse-perception, a result that only adds havoc and confusion, instead of the order, neatness and peace-of-the-mind that legal advisors should be committed to.

It is really worthwhile to take a peek at her story for another reason: The wonderful art of Vishnu's avatars.
The image of Matsya the fish is quoted  from Nina Paley's blog
This art has been licensed by its maker under a CC-BY-SA Creative Commons License ! 

due credit: I've originally ran into this story on the technology blog, Techdirt

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