Thursday, September 02, 2010

Episode 78--Drew and Jeremy catch up with copyright , board games, and extensions...

In this week's installment, Drew and Jeremy kick back and chat over hot topics of the day.
Copyright and fandom
Board game slavery
Extensions ( for deadlines...not your bangs)
And anything else that occurred to them as they carried the weight of this week's episode on their brittle backs.

http://mchughstudios.com/ninjamountain_podcast/episode_78.mp3

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Names we shamelessly dropped this week--
Joseph Acone ( no link---I just put this here to shame the poor man...)
Heather Kreiter
Piya Wannachaiwong ( He solved the URL challenge quite handily)
Franz Vohwinkel

Questions to listeners--
What is your policy on fan requests to post your work to the net?
How have you dealt with infringement of that sort?
Have you taken steps to make infringement difficult on the web?
Are you headed for DragonCon? Share your experiences with your fellow artists.

3 comments:

qitsune said...

I don't know about the whole "is it ethical to save files on your computer thing." I don't think it's enforceable to stop people from doing it and I don't think it hurts anyone. I know AD's save files on their desktop and I actually wish they saved more of mine! I think that if it's a file that is publicly available, there is no way to stop or no ground on which to stop people from saving them. It's like stopping them to cut out from newspapers.

Now, reposting them elsewhere is different, but there is fair use to consider. If someone is writing an article about something, they are allowed to post a small quote or an image of it in the name of either "criticism, commentary or news reporting" and they shouldn't have to ask permission, even if you don't have the rights to the image. As long as the info they give regarding credits is right. Well, it's just common courtesy to ask anyways. On the other hand, if someone writes about, say, griffins, and uses your griffin image without permission, that's not fair use, because their use is not related (enough) to the subject they are reposting.

Well, it's complicated, and I usually agree when asked if someone can repost one of my images that I have the rights to.

Instructive link:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fair_use

Char Reed said...

I don't think what the guy did was too weird. Anyone who "fav's" anything on DeviantArt shouldn't think what that guy did was too weird. All the trouble that guy went to upload everything through Photobucket was a little odd and if he's trying to sell prints of that work, then there's no doubt that is wrong, but ultimately, it seems like a convoluted, primitive "fav" system akin to what people do on DeviantArt.

Drew Baker said...

qitsune: I don't think I said saving other people's images is unethical, but I do think it -- and if stretched, browsing the web in general -- falls into a gray area of legality. Gray only because of the tacit approval given by putting something on a site in the first place. Other than that -- and the lack of lawyers involved -- it's just like downloading music. Which, I suppose, some would say is a gray area itself.

Ethical and legal aren't always the same, obviously.