Mark Dery on Sat, 17 Nov 2001 10:38:37 +0100 (CET)

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Re: <nettime> Member Agreement

Steve: No question, we live at a time when hyperlitigious corporations have
perverted copyright law beyond recognition. (Didn't Disney once threatened
to sue, for copyright infringement, a man who had everyone's favorite
talking rodent tattooed on his back?) But there's a quick-and-dirty solution
to the problem you mention. If a non-profit organization like Rhizome, which
I've always assumed is on the side of the angels, wants to archive my
contribution to the living sculpture that is its community, fine and well.
But if it decides to monetize (!) that community, I want a piece of any
revenues that result from the sale of my intellectual contributions to that

In other words, if you never commodify the collective work to which I've
contributed freely, pay me nothing. Or, if you commodify it but only with
the non-profit goal of benefitting the public good, as in your PBS laserdisc
example, pay me nothing. But if you *turn a profit* from the sale of my
commodified words and ideas, I want buck. As one of the wretched of the
earth, also known as freelance writers, this seems self-evident.

M. Dery

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