The Creator-Endorsed Mark

Creator-Endorsed Mark

(See also this article at PBS MediaShift about the Creator Endorsed Mark, and this example of the mark being used in commerce.)

The Creator-Endorsed Mark is a logo developed by and first used in June 2009 that a distributor can use to indicate that a work is distributed in a way that its creator endorses — typically, by the distributor sharing some of the profits with the creator.  The mark is not an alternative to a free license; rather, it's meant to be used in conjunction with free licensing.  You release your work under a free license, and then grant or withhold permission to use the CE Mark based on how distributors behave.

As more and more creators freely circulate their works on the Internet, the mark provides a reliable way for non-exclusive publishers to signal to their customers that they are supporting the artist.  The mark enables consumers to distinguish distributors based on how supportive of the artist they are, and to allow creators to encourage — not necessarily require, but encourage — particular methods of distribution for their freely-licensed work. Our experience is that given a choice, audiences will often prefer sources that support the artist, when they have a reliable way of recognizing such sources.

Help Wanted: Can Your Servers Host a Feature Film?

Distributing 'Sita Sings The Blues' Worldwide

Film-maker Nina Paley is close to having her award-winning feature film Sita Sings The Blues out of copyright jail and onto the Internet for free, decentralized distribution.

Our goal is to have the entire film available online by Saturday, March 7th.

We'll need some "seed" sites to host it: Internet servers with the capacity to offer around 10 GB of data for public download (so we can make the film available at various resolutions). If you or your institution has the bandwidth and storage for that, please contact us. We'll work out a way to get the data to you.

Night Of The Living Dead Business Model

Nina Paley came up with a great phrase about the music and movie industries the other day: "It's like Night of the Living Dead Business Model", she said.

Now comes her reaction to today's New York Times article Digital Pirates Winning Battle With Major Hollywood Studios:

Night Of The Living Dead Business Model

Knowing Nina, I'm sure she's fine with it being reproduced here — and anywhere else on the Internet. Go for it, folks :-). (Use her large version of the poster if you want.)

I've written a letter to the Times in response to the article, pointing out how there's no need to adopt the industry's terminology (e.g., "stealing") when discussing the issue, and mentioning how copyright primarily subsidizes (non-Internet) distribution rather than creation.


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