Hypocrisy, ignorance and the #HummingbirdGate controversy

The allegation that Euodia Roets is a hypocrite for misappropriating RW Scott’s photograph as the basis for the sketch she contends Woolworths, in turn, misappropriated ignores a few important issues. First, was Ms Roets’ sketch actually an infringement of RW Scott’s photograph? Secondly, Woolworths’ failure to comply with the Creative Commons license Wikipedia applies to its content could have profound implications for Woolworths. Lastly, this debate highlights a remarkable degree of ignorance of the law in the digital marketing and creative industries.

Excellent Ars Technica guide to Creative Commons licenses

Ars Technica (rapidly becoming one of my favorite news and information sources) has published a guide to Creative Commons licenses and Creative Commons licensed images in particular. The guide is titled “Creative Commons images and you: a quick guide for image users” – Here at Ars we’re big fans of Creative Commons, both the ideaContinue reading “Excellent Ars Technica guide to Creative Commons licenses”

Looking to the left of copyright

I just watched a terrific video interview with Neil Gaiman in which he talks about his experiences with what some may consider piracy on the Web. His story is not new to me and a number of popular authors and artists have had similar experiences including Paulo Coehlo and Nine Inch Nails. The story isContinue reading “Looking to the left of copyright”

Presentation on alternative licensing options for synch music deals

I was invited to participate in a panel discussion and make a presentation regarding a licensing framework known in the music industry as “music synch licensing” at the Moshito Music Conference underway at the Museum Africa in Newtown, Johannesburg. What is this framework about? Well chances are you encounter this form of licensing in actionContinue reading “Presentation on alternative licensing options for synch music deals”