Conclusion: media rights and the commons

Richard Haynes

in Media Rights and Intellectual Property

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print May 2005 | ISBN: 9780748618804
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748670994 | DOI:
Conclusion: media rights and the commons

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Although altering an original film may infringe the moral rights of the creator — as has happened with the colorisation of some black-and-white films from the 1940s and 1950s — in some cases the reuse of content in new ways might actually invigorate interest in the original films, making them more commercially desirable. In the age of the Internet and the wizardry of digital media, the potential for innovation and media creativity is arguably more expansive than any period in our cultural history. The open source movement and the concept of free software have shown a way in which ‘free culture’ or ‘free media’ can exist. The Creative Commons, launched in 2001, enables copyright holders to grant some of their rights to the public while retaining others. Before discussing the new possibilities afforded by digital media and the development of open and progressive media rights initiatives, this chapter examines why the media industry's obsession with copyright infringement and piracy is potentially damaging to our media culture.

Keywords: Creative Commons; copyright; digital media; media rights; media industry; piracy; copyright infringement; open source movement; free software

Chapter.  5504 words. 

Subjects: Media Studies

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