[Cc-uk] LOCA Records
d.berry at sussex.ac.uk
Sat Feb 19 03:46:01 EST 2005
Good to hear you are coming to the UK. As I'm sure you know LOCA
Records in based in the UK (actually in Brighton) and has been
releasing copyleft records internationally under a number of different
licenses (GPL, LPL, CC) since 1999. PRS, PPL and others have decided to
look aggressively at CC licenses, lobbied heavily by groups such as the
Creative Rights Alliance.
It would be good for us as labels to have some common position in order
to present the other side of the argument (for instance, Fran Nevrkla,
CEO PPL Ltd: Copyright seems under attack because it ‘stands in the
way’! ‘Freedom’ has come to mean ‘freedom to plagiarise’, as a loose
coalition of academics and users of creative material try to undervalue
creativity by alleging that since ‘there is nothing new under the
sun’, nothing needs to be protected any more. What a nihilistic and
insulting view of creativity! )
It would be good to meet with you and the other people involved in
copyleft (e.g. Remix reading, Creative Friends) to discuss the
practical use of CC licenses.
Maybe we could try to organise a symposium to discuss these issues
nearer the date?
On 19 Feb 2005, at 06:26, Neil Leyton wrote:
> Greetings all,
> I will be relocating from Toronto to the UK for a few weeks here and
> there throughout the spring and summer. As some of you already know,
> our transantlantic label Fading Ways (Canada-UK) has been one of the
> first music labels to utilize CC licenses, and I am looking to delve
> deeper into the PRS/PPL contracts in the UK. It may be that they will
> have to be challenged in court; I am looking for feedback from CC's UK
> community with regards to this issue, and will be available to meet in
> person with you in the coming months.
> I was an invited speaker recently at a UofToronto Law School
> conference on copyright ("Sound Bytes Sound Rights") and have a keen
> interest in lobbying for more balanced copyright laws and a fairer
> music industry on both sides of the pond.
> It is clear to me from my participation at the Sound Bytes Sound
> Rights conference that this issue divides people largely between age
> groups, and isn't really about copyright as much as it is about a
> monopoly (the major label cartel) protecting itself from new indie
> competition that has been strengthened by the internet and p2p
> networks. It is very unfortunate that more indie musicians and record
> labels have been so slow on the uptake, and that organizations like
> AIM (Association of Independent Music) toe the major-label party line
> instead of being what they claim to be:
> "AIM's work is as innovative as our members' music. This ranges from
> trailblazing new media licensing deals and lobbying on all fronts, to
> leveraging collective strength to create new marketing and
> international initiatives."
> There is nothing innovative in following conservative dinosaurs... I
> look forward to spending more time in the UK this year.
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