The Shortlist: Creative Commons Edition

LAWS THAT CHOKE CREATIVITY

Lawrence Lessig Wins Damages For Bogus YouTube Takedown

If you’ve done any posting on YouTube and it happened to have music in it, then you’ve probably come up against YouTube’s Content ID System. If you’ve been really bad, then you’ve been issued a DMCA Takedown Notice. In some cases these are justified, but mostly these are just blind takedowns with legalese meant to intimidate you into submission. Here’s what happens when you send a bogus takedown notice to a Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, the Co-Founder of Creative Commons, and the internet’s most celebrated lawyer.


AMATEUR CREATIVE CULTURE

“Skyfall” Train Fight Scene (GTA V)

Speaking of YouTube… boredom and technology lead to very creative things. The Grand Theft Auto game series has been the frequent subject of controversy, a favorite punching bag whenever violence in video games is talked about. Critics that harp on the violence in the game are ignoring the possibility that kids can engage with the game on their own terms, not as brainwashed lemmings but as creators of their own universe.


TECHNOLOGY TIPS

YouTube’s Content ID System Sucks

YouTube is the second largest search engine in the world, with over 100 hours of video uploaded every minute. If you are involved in this crazy participatory culture, then you have likely posted something on YouTube, which then probably means you’ve had a seemingly innocuous video flagged by YouTube’s content ID system. I’ve dealt with my share of flags and bogus takedown notices. For anyone facing that delemma, this is the best video I’ve come across that goes into detail with what you should do in that situation.