Project 313 – Post No. 082

The fourth . . . I almost did a themed post but since I don’t know that this experiment will end well I don’t feel much like celebrating its start. 

I could certainly celebrate the ideals upon which it was founded and what’s written in the highest law document in the land . . . but since most of that has been eviscerated by all manners of special interests and currently misunderstood by the majority of citizens and non-citizens alike, I don’t see much point to it. 

What I’ll cover instead are . . . covers. Namely, song covers. And, fanfic. 

So, if you go to YouTube (and a few other video sources) you are likely to find “regular” people doing covers of popular songs. One artist gathered up a lot of covers to his song and produce a supercut of all of them (HERE). Neat.

This is interesting to me because songs may have multiple copyright holders. The composer of the music may not be the same person who wrote the lyrics, and each holds a copyright. If you do a search for copyright and cover songs, you can find information like THIS.

Many of the videos have licensing information so one can assume they obtained some type of licensing right from them that hold them. However, some videos don’t have such notices and might eventually be taken down. This depends a bit on what the intent of the work might be. For instance, a parody has a certain amount of latitude and might have a bit of legal protection based on previous case law.  

Bottom line, the recording industry seems fairly well organized when it comes to licensing and enforcing licenses. 

FanFiction — as far as I can see — has no well-organized licensing group. I could be wrong as I seldom write fanfiction (two pieces so far and one was a parody). What I read seems confusing. What’s an ethical and honest fan supposed to do?

What makes it more confusing is determining who allows or encourages it and who doesn’t. Some authors don’t care and even encourage it while others are adamant about not allowing their work to expand beyond what they themselves have written.

FanFiction — as the name implies — are creative works that inhabit a given fictional world but are written by fans of the original work. So, for instance, you might like The Fellowship of The Ring but want to know what Sauron was doing at the time. Unfortunately, there’s no narrative from Sauron’s point of view. So, you might decide to write a scene.

That would be a derivative work and nothing in it changes any part of the existing narrative. Your efforts will not be noticed and since you’re not profiting from it, you’re likely to get away with it. Now, if you happen to make a movie about The Hobbit and put in it all sorts of new stuff . . . well, then, you’re changing the original and for that, you need the rights to it. 

There’s actually a lot of fanfic out there; there are whole boards dedicated to it. Some, as I said, do embrace it

If I’m ever an author that has fans (actual people who are fans and not — you know — fans of the kind that blow air around . . . although I have the latter, but nevermind about that right now) I probably wouldn’t mind fanfic with one provision . . . it has to not change the characters or events of my original works. 

Hmm . . . I see now a potential problem . . . how would I monitor the vastness of the Internet for violations? Maybe it is best, after all, locking it down. 

But wait . . . movies take all sorts of liberties and neither they nor any fan fiction change the original work. Each version stands on its own. 

. . . aargh! . . . this is hard . . . best not become a best-selling author and not have to worry about any of it. 

And now, the photo:

Project 313 082

This was the original treatment of this particular photo . . . I like the metal look of it. 

As for the cartoon, this looks like another instance in the life of a young Willie. Again, I cringe at the thought of having missed the early works. 

What is best . . . not knowing about something you can’t have or obsessing about something you wish you had?

. . . tough call . . . 

At first, I didn’t like this doodle. I thought it poorly made and arranged . . . but then I saw it for what it was . . . a Yellow Sneak Attack — Step 1: Infiltration.

Yellow Sneak Attack — Step 1: Infiltration

And . . . that’s it

Some of these posts will likely be longer as the mood hits me, but most will be thus; short, uninteresting, bland, and relentless.

You can read about Project 313 HERE.

That’s it. This post has ended . . . except for the stuff below.


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8 Responses to Project 313 – Post No. 082

  1. Parody is one thing. Copyrighted another.
    You are right, the internet has blurred so much – hard to keep rack of. Hard to explain to some what is stealing. ..and that not everyone “is flattered” to have their work extended/turned by another point of view by another character/mutilated.

    Liked by 1 person

    • disperser says:

      One of the reasons I have that warning at the bottom of each post . . . not that it will stop anyone.

      Realistically, it’s difficult to enforce something when the majority of the population doesn’t understand it and has no desire to do so.

      Plus, content providers happily turn a blind eye to blatant violations because it helps keep their users happy and it increases their traffic. Places like Pinterest and even Facebook will throw up vague and toothless warnings about “owning” the material but don’t explain that claiming “fair uses” is subject to very narrow and specific guidelines and that one usually has to get permission from the copyright owner to even display it, let alone profit from displaying it.

      As for fan fiction, it is somewhat a gray area and will eventually have to be clarified, but what little can be interpreted implies that most people are violating copyright laws.

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  2. PHOTO: The Nova looks good this way! Yes, metal-y.
    CARTOON: Baby Willie was a scamp! Are there books of Joe Martin’s early work? You know, like other cartoonist have tons of their cartoons collected into book form. It would be cool if he did. My son has always loved The Far Side and Calvin and Hobbes, so I’ve given him books of those cartoons.
    DOODLE: Yellow looks like it will win!

    HUGS!!! :-)


    • disperser says:

      I have bought a few “old” Joe Martin books but the early ones are out of print. I had written jo martin and he couldn’t tell me how many they were as he hadn’t paid attention. A search of eBay and places that sell older books bore no fruit (other than the ones I already have).

      I was given the impressions there were more but I don’t have any evidence of it.

      . . . I don’t know . . . I mean it’s surrounding blue and red, but red looks pretty well fortified. Lest I heard, they had captured the infiltrating yellow and making it spill the hue.

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  3. mvschulze says:

    Being unusually distracted lately, and even frustrated, (nursing a sprained wrist which makes typing and even “mousing” a bit of a chore, and dropping the i-phone into the bay didn’t help my disposition either …but despite all this, I still try to catch most of your dailys. Above, the second paragraph is so true… M :-)


    • disperser says:

      Sounds like you’re not having the best of times . . .

      . . . I’m not sure I would ever get that frustrated with my phone that I would feel compelled to drop it into the ocean.

      . . . wait . . . you probably meant that you accidentally dropped it . . . sorry for the misunderstanding and bummer about the phone.

      Seriously, I hope things quickly improve both in the physical front and the electronic front.

      Liked by 1 person

  4. AnnMarie says:

    Thank you for the ‘write a scene’ link (I’m still a great fan of LOTR). I commented, again, on that post, but I’ll add here that your ‘past-work’ reminder links are very important to me. By going back to previous posts, I’m reminded of your unlimited writing and photographic creativity. You’re quite talented. Period.


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