Re: The Politics of the Bootleg

From: Jim Carlile (email suppressed)
Date: Wed Jun 11 2008 - 02:48:46 PDT

Leonardo's not alive any more. If it's in the public domain, anyone can make
profit off of it. If the postcard manufacturer doesn't make a profit, we
don't have postcards. I like postcards.
Fair use grants anyone the right to use a clip off the air-- within reason
and limits. Let them. Just make a better use of the material.
In a message dated 6/10/2008 11:57:35 P.M. Pacific Daylight Time,
email suppressed writes:

> That's like saying a
> postcard of the Mona Lisa is the intellectual property of Leonardo.

Is that really such an absurd idea? I mean, it seems pretty clear
that, were Leonardo alive, it would be his property. Certainly you
can't be in favor of the postcard manufacturer being able to make
profits off of the Mona Lisa while Da Vinci has no say whatsoever.

If it wasn't ubuweb that was using it (an organization which is
ostensibly in favor of avant-garde film), would people really be so
allowing? If ubu can show a clip recorded off of a monitor, then can
the US Army use the same clip in recruiting videos? Can McDonalds use
it to sell burgers?

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