|| Fight for your Right to Copyfight
Something that's often overlooked when people discuss
copyrights is who they were intended to protect, and what their
purpose really was. In the United States, the government gave itself
the right to copyright material ostensibly to:
"...promote the Progress of Science and useful
Arts, by securing for limited Times to Authors and Inventors the
exclusive Right to their respective Writings and Discoveries"
US Constitution, Section 8, Clause 8
The idea being that if a creative person could gain
an exclusive financial benefit from their creation for a time, there
would be plenty of motivation to create wonderful things that would
benefit mankind later, when these creations entered the public domain.
This has all changed a bit, not only because of some
Mouse revisions of copyright law, but because of rapidly evolving
internet-related technologies like file-sharing and mp3's.
As decent, freethinking netizens, we at Echopraxia
believe in any form of creativity that doesn't hurt someone, and
rather resent the tendency of certain overbearing
organisations to bully
their customers with lawsuits. Even Microsoft doesn't spend
much time harassing their customers, they just keep plugging along
with their pervasive and buggy product.
So what are we getting at? Well, a recent round
of discussions with friends about parody, file sharing, bittorrents,
and "copyfight" issues made us a realise we wanted to
have a little fun fanning the flames on both sides in a humorous
way. We must give some credit to a few sources here: This BoingBoing
post from January 2005 made us chuckle, as did this
post at PaulBeard.org . What really got us going, though, was
the idea that this guy was actually selling stuff on CafePress.
As a result, we decided we'd set up a shop
of our own. We'll be adding products as we feel safe in doing
so; CafePress is a little prickly (understandably so) about third
party properties and parodies. We'll be seeking permission where
we see fit; we certainly don't have a team of lawyers to work on
this, and well, suing us would be seeking blood from a stone anyway.
CultureJamming & CopyLeftists
Wherein we ask: will copyleftists sue to protect
their ideas? Can a Mickey Mouse Liberation front use images of Micky
to help set him free?