The recent discussion on S.O.P.A. led us to examine what constitutes free access, what is copyright, and what is ownership in this new digital medium, ok here are 2 new contentious grey zones that are emerging in this war about creative control. Read up on both of these issues, this is just the tip of the iceberg. Here a 2 recent examples of the grey zone one in publishing & one in photography.
1. This is a free Apple app that will allow you to compose & design a book. You write the book and it will allow you to publish it as a E book, now heres the condition that Apple imposes, they want a % of any money you receive from the distribution of your book. Is this fair? Here’s a report against I havent made up my mind yet.
But its a bit like Gutenberg wanting a cut from Shakespeare when he sells his plays because Shakespeare
printed them on a
is the Apple App agreement fair because your book was made possible on Apple software and therefore it is part of what makes a book salable ie the design & layout. As we know Apple’s design sense is amazing but should Apple be rewarded from sales of your manuscript ?
2. A court in England recently ruled in favor of a commercial advertising poster having the right to the idea of a ‘composition’ of a photograph. I want you to read the story here and tell me what you think.