Friday, October 05, 2007

A Common-Sense proposal

I feel pretty frustrated at not being able to use clips of a recording session I sang for because we didn't get enough distinct licenses to use the songs for anything but the finished album. So I would like to propose a "new" kind of copyright notice. The "common sense" right notice. I even designed a "commonsense" symbol to indicate that a work includes licensed material. This symbol would declare that a licensed work is being used in a common sense way that fosters the goal of the original licensing. It is on the order of the gentlemen's agreement of old.
For example: the license to record a song and sell the recording includes the "common sense right" to use 5-second clips of the song to promote the album itself.
Any other examples of where a "commonsense" symbol could be used?

3 comments:

Katie Alender said...

I would carry a rubberstamp around and give people common sense stamps on their foreheads.

I don't think that's what you had in mind, though!

xaipe said...

Well, no, but that might work, too!

Jaimie said...

Not a bad idea. How frustrating this whole mess must be for you!