Category: Intellectual Property

Project fluff brainstorm thing

The more I go back and listen to Spyro remixes (my go-to music to listen to these days when I don’t have anything in particular in mind) the more I realise that there are honestly few games that have the status of Spyro in my mind. There are games I think were awesomely made, games that had a good story/characters, games I thought had good gameplay… Spyro the Dragon could be cited for having interesting environments and overall good game design (and good music, if you like Stewart Copeland :p), but honestly, if you did a little digging you could probably hunt up any number of games that were better at that,

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Monaco Franze

Lol it only occurred to me now to check if “Monaco Franze” was actually a wholesale remix of the show of the same name’s theme and it was

I’m in kind of a dilemma now – fall on the side of remix culture or liberty? I could just be Andrew Hussie or Nina Paley and use the song anyway, perhaps paying to do so, but that would not change the fact nobody else would be guaranteed the liberty to use any Stablehand stuff that used it, pretty much defeating my main goal for the project. That’s not good!

But at the same time, what kind of a future am I fighting for when you’ll only be guaranteed to have the liberty to share the stuff people had the consideration to mark as libre, which doesn’t necessarily (in fact often doesn’t) include the stuff that anybody remembers?

Compare for yourself, and witness an obscure TV show you might not have known about at the same time.

Ultimately Monaco Franze will probably have to leave this project. It’s sad, as it was a good character theme, but liberty is the most important consideration.

Copyheart: Caring by no longer caring

Okay so, I’d been thinking about what to do about a minor conundrum I’ve been having. Namely, what to do about stuff on this site I’d created that either mixed hints of non-libre content or that I’m not proud of enough to release formally under the CC-BY-SA. For one thing I wasn’t sure what to do about the text of the site; I didn’t think anything I’d written apart from Stablehand posts was quite awesome enough to just shout “everything here is a quality resource!”, which is what the CC-BY-SA had usually evoked in my mind.

And, well…

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What’s actually wrong with that old "download a car" ad

I finally thought about it and realised today why exactly that old “PIRACY. IT’S A CRIME” ad was so grating and stupid in the eyes of not just me but a lot of other people. (Trigger warning for Holocaust on the last one, but it’s my favourite.)

And here’s the reason it’s stupid: it makes an improper logical leap.

It equates copyright infringement with theft metaphorically, then equates theft with crimes literally, and ignores that distinction to make the otherwise possibly reasonable assumption that if A →

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This video had a rather excellent quote that I think could also be applied to intellectual property and similar issues.

The fact that I know something has zero value if I’m not the person who can actually make something better because of it.

A "Short" Story of My Favourites and Influences, Or My "Autobiography" in 10,000 words



(Adjusts hat to hide incredibly awkward smile for a moment, then adjusts it back up and puts on a somewhat more outgoing face)

Oh man. Most of the time people don’t acknowledge me and my projects much so when they do I get really happy, and almost a little guilty because I know I’m just a little bit of a covert narcissist, and I kind of have this idea lurking in the back of my mind that ‘I deserved it all along’. Yeah… sometimes I kind of have to try a bit at humility. I think it comes with being ambitious and needing some reason to not just give up. :p

Anyway… a little bit about myself.

(Well, actually, a lot. Brace yourself, it’s 10,737 words to be exact.)


This video is no longer available: The Day One Garry’s Incident Incident

Watch this video if you like video games, Let’s Plays, YouTube reviews, or regularly create ANYTHING.

It’s extremely important that everybody understands the consequences of sites like Youtube giving in to pressure from IP industries and allowing them to take ANYTHING down off the site without fear of anything happening to them, even if they use notices that make absolutely no sense and abuse the DMCA for censorship reasons. You could make something under fair use, NOT infringing copyright, and get your account closed under a copyright law, with potentially no way to argue the fact you have NOT violated the law.

I can’t stress this enough. This is really damn important to be aware of if you don’t want to be senselessly prevented from sharing audiovisual content on the internet. Youtube is the worst but you may not even be safe on other sites. Things are seriously screwed up.

Watch the video. TotalBiscuit says things more clearly, probably.

Reblog this on tumblr if you want, however much good that may do…

Access drives preservation. So, if you think of, “well, why don’t we just go and encrypt it and put it in a vault, and we’ll be able to look at it in 70 years, or something like that…”, I think that kind of a “dark archive” is the worst possible idea.

I think it’s keeping things in use, active, that keeps a part of the mind-share, keeps people knowing about it, liking it, caring for it. So I think that the best way to preserve things is to make things accessible. It may sound a little… “un-obvious”, but especially in this digital age, where it’s so easy to forget… If you take things away for a generation, it’s as if it doesn’t exist. So everything we do is open-source, and all the things we do we try to give away.

Brewster Kahle‘s words on preserving knowledge at the Internet Archive. I think they also briefly explain exactly what is wrong with overly-extended copyright terms, overzealous enforcement, and legal protections on DRM.

Andy Baio on sample culture and on copyright as "The New Prohibition"

In the above video, Andy Baio discusses his experiences with copyright, music, and remix culture and how recent events have made him concerned about the future of every single creative person on the internet that dares to borrow the smallest snippet of anything at all without permission, in an era of mass automated lawsuits where copyright holders have increasingly “turned copyright into a weapon”.

He asserts that fair use does not exist—at least not outside of a courtroom—because it is not a law and only a courtroom test*, and when settlement letters are so convenient and reliable as a source of income, anyone can be the target of a lawsuit at any time. At the same time, he worries about how far the recent trend to “criminalize creativity” can possibly go as fewer and fewer people can even understand why building on other works should even be unlawful in the first place:

Every time I’d look at this and be like, “Should these be illegal?”
[…] “Does it feel right that these are illegal?”

This is a great video and if you’re at all interested in copyright or even fan art in general, you should watch it.

*This is actually incorrect. It doesn’t negate his overall point though.

An announcement for art, culture, and fans everywhere

Recently I’ve started taking an unusually great interest in the subject of intellectual property, its ups, its downs, and its abuses (on both sides). And after listening to a couple talks by a man named Lawrence Lessig, I’ve finally started to decide on what my stance is.

People want to remix, repackage, and transform. It’s an outlet for their skills, a way to express themselves, and just something to do when they don’t feel like making more “serious” and “original” works. There’s something about it that feels more productive than simply mindlessly consuming things,

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