Wil's way  Wil Wheaton:  "Copyright law

Wil’s way

  Wil Wheaton:

  “Copyright law is a good idea. It allows actors, writers, and musicians to create and own intellectual property, and hopefully derive a living from their creations.

  As an actor and writer, I have a personal stake in making sure that Copyright law is enforced. If I can’t own the works I create, then I can’t feed my family.

  The music labels, publishing houses and studios who release our creative works would have you believe that unless we strengthen copyright laws, their clever euphemism for eroding your rights to parody and free expression, all artists will suffer.

  Don’t you believe them. As a negotiator for the Screen Actors Guild, I have firsthand experience with these men who claim to care so greatly for artists, and I call shenanigans. The greatest danger to musicians is not Gnutella. It is the label. The greatest danger to actors and film makers is not DeCSS. It is the studio. These corporate masters care little for the artists who are filling their 4 car garages with new Porsches and filling their private jets with fuel and “hostesses.”

  What they do care about is controlling how you listen to music, or watch movies, and, increasingly, how you discuss and react to our creations.

  Copyright law was best described as “a balance between expression that the owners can control and expression that is left open to the commons.”

  Right now we are facing the complete destruction of that delicate balance. Corporations, and their congressional lap dogs, are doing everything in their power to ensure that the “expression left open to the commons” is forever removed, leaving only “expression the owners can control.”

  That is a truly terrifying statement, which bears repeating: “expression only the owners can control.”

  Right fucking on. Glad to repeat it.

[Doc Searls Weblog]

Comments are closed.