[pp.int.general] cultural flatrate: PP position?
r.bakels at planet.nl
Wed Jun 10 08:15:37 CEST 2009
>> If an "internet tax" is created how is the money distributed? These lines
>> I'm writing are copyrighted by me, so I guess I'd have the right to get
>> some money, right?
> Die you register somewhere, that you wrote this lines? If not, you won't
> receive any money either. Also you posted them yourselves on a medium
> without any markage of the exact terms you wish, so they are suspected
> to be free. (And my respect for you prevents me from selling them or
> citing you without asking before)
1. It is an age-old principle of copyright that the right is created without
any formalities. It is in the Berne Convention. Eventually, even that
Americans accepted it, sonme twenty years ago, though it still has benefit
to use the (c) (©) sign for procedural reasons.
2. The existence of a right is to be separated from the "logistics" of any
rights management organisation.
3. A lot is written without thge intent to exercise the copyright (like this
message). Flatrate systems assume that all authors want money for their
work. Then it is just logical that people writing mailing list posts also
want money for their writings. Flatrate systems make it easier to administer
that! The general assumption is appropriate that all consumers produce a
substantial amount of "user generated content" that is entitled copyright
just as much copyright protection (and compensation!) as the artists
producing "donwload music". So of the proposal is e.g. to have a 10 euro
flatrate, I suggest to reduce it to 3 euro, assuming that the subscribers to
an internet connection produce 7 euro of content themselves. Similarly, the
owners of a camera (in a mobile telephone or otherwise) should not *pay* a
levy but *receive* a subsidy for everything they upload to Youtube etc.
There is nothing in law saying that only commercially exploited content is
entitled copyright. You don't want to discriminate, do you?
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