Expertise On Demand
28 Oct 2011, 11:59PM PT
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A few weeks ago we wrote about a contest that NBC Universal was putting on, officially through New York City, asking students to make propaganda films, repeating NBC Universal/MPAA talking points about how copyright infringement was damaging NBC Universal. In going through the fine print on the contest, we noted a few oddities. First, you were not supposed to actually use facts or data and make a case. Instead, the rules flat out told you what your position was. You had to support the claim that "piracy costs jobs." Think the data shows that the real problem is legacy companies like NBC Universal not adapting to embrace new opportunities? Too bad.
Even worse, the detailed fine print in the contest (which is pretty difficult to dig out), shows that if you win, you lose the copyright on your video. Seriously. It's pretty amazing that a video contest promoting the supposed importance of copyright to creators involves requiring creators to give up their copyrights. The prize? A measly $500.
So we're offering a competing contest, here via our Insight Community platform. We're asking people to create PSA videos showing the impact of technology on creativity today. We're not asking you to advocate any specific position at all, because unlike that other contest, we're pretty secure in our beliefs and won't melt like the wicked witch of the west should someone submit a PSA that challenges some of them. We believe that the best videos will be both creative and have a factual basis.
Also, as per our standard Insight Community terms and conditions (and again unlike that other contest), you retain the copyright to whatever you do. We would recommend a permissive license -- with our favorite being something like the CC0 Public Domain license or the WTFPL license, but it's entirely up to you. The only condition -- as per our Ts & Cs, is that we're granted a license to make use of the work as well, for the sake of showing it on our sites (Insight Community and Techdirt).
Oh, and while that other contest is offering $500 to the winner, we're offering $1,000. As a result of our original post, a bunch of you stepped up and offered up about $500 in donations for this contest, and we're matching that with another $500 ourselves.
Finally: in order to enter, you need to:
Another Amusing Contest by Wayne Borean
Friday, October 7th, 2011 @ 9:09PM
I've been hanging around the Balanced Copyright for Canada Facebook Group to keep them honest. They pretend to be artists. What they really are is a group of Recording Industry employees. Recently a post was made by the Group organizer about a film competition. Rather than try to explain it, here is the entire thread.
Now the money is far better than what you posted, $10,000.00 So possibly some entrants will go ahead even not know what the rules are. But I think that the lack of rules on the site a month after the contest was organized, leaves me with little confidence in the contest. Wayne
The Canadian Film Centre has announced a third round of The REEL Challenge Contest: Celebrating the Movie and Television Industry at Work.
Highlighting the over 1 Million Canadian jobs directly or indirectly connected to creative industries, the REEL Challenge Contest is an opportunity for filmmakers to speak out on the importance of promoting and protecting a vibrant entertainment industry in Canada.
Why would you like a contest that is so badly organized that when an interested film maker (my son) went to the 'CONTEST RULES AND GUIDELINES' page all he found was the words "Coming Soon."
This is really useful to an interested artist.
CONTEST RULES AND GUIDELINES
Anyone who wanted to take part has lost a full month. Where they had a full third of a year when the announcement was made, they now have only a quarter of a year.
Most people aren't going to make a decision until they know what the rules are. You'd have to be a fool to invest serious amounts of time and energy until you know what you are going to get out of something.
Of course maybe that is the idea. To limit the entries to only the "approved" ones.
Now the money is far better than what you posted, $10,000.00
So possibly some entrants will go ahead even not know what the rules are. But I think that the lack of rules on the site a month after the contest was organized, leaves me with little confidence in the contest.
think before it's made illegal! by pat donovan
Sunday, October 9th, 2011 @ 10:26AM
somewhere CLOSE to on topic... sorta.
59 secs long, canadian effort.
put yer phil (osophy) hat on, eh?
see the film. worry. by pat donovan
Monday, October 10th, 2011 @ 6:34AM
watch at yer own risk
Piracy is Wrong, But it Feels So Right by Joshua Rodriguez
Wednesday, October 12th, 2011 @ 7:29AM
Hey, check out my entry for the TechDirt PSA video contest. I shaped the concept into the style of my show but I do discuss the ideas behind piracy and whether it is right or wrong. Let me know what you think!
The Josh Speaks about piracy and it's effects on our digital culture. Does it inspire creativity or rob people of their well deserved profits? Can we eliminate piracy all together?