During a campaign a lot of material is produced. From artwork, to videos, to research papers and publications, intellectual property is everywhere online and in every day life. Copyleft activists have advocated for less (or zero) regulations on this property. One way to ensure that the fruit of your labour is used only how you intend is to obtain a creative commons license.
In a just world, the idea of wealth--be it money derived from the work of human hands, the resources and natural splendor of the planet itself--and the knowledge handed down through generations belongs to all of us. But in our decidedly unjust and imperfect world, our collective wealth is increasingly concentrated in the hands of a few. There is be a better way--the notion of the commons--common land, resources, knowledge--is a common-sense way to share our natural, cultural, intellectual riches.
In this innovative animation, filmmaker Laura Hanna, writer Gavin Browning and video artists/animators Dana Schechter and Molly Schwartz examine the concept of "The Commons" as a means to achieve a society of justice and equality.
An evening of artists, storytellers, copyright experts, engaged citizens and multimedia activities that will get you thinking about:
Who owns what you create & share?
Copyright: does it function as creative incentive or control?
How can we re-conceptualize copyright?
So join us and bring your friends! Share your ideas in a community conversation designed to re-conceptualize copyright at this pivotal moment.
Tickets $5 cash bar on site, Dance Party to follow!
W2 Moving Party is a celebration of Vancouver's ‘creative commons' built over the past year at W2 Storyeum, which is scheduled to move across the street to the new Woodward's Atrium. W2 Moving Party aims to celebrate our collective achievements with more than thirty sound, media, and visual artists showcasing Vancouver's cultural underground in one spectacular space. The festival-like event will also help bring attention to W2's eight years of work to create a community media arts centre within the Woodward's complex-scheduled to open in mid-May.
Since I joined this forum I've been posting about independant canadian artist and lamenting that we don't know our local culture very well.
I decided to formalize this effort a bit and have started up a music podcast featuring artists from my area.
The film follows Girl Talk, a hip hop dj, acknowledged by many as a ‘lawsuit waiting to happen’ due to his famous mash-ups. His story demonstrates copyright law’s original purpose of artist protection and its dominant incarnation today as a money-making tool for corporations. RiP asks us to consider a balance between artistic inspiration, sharing within a community and copyright protection.