Ep. 3: Early Copyright History


Script Edit & Naration: IOANA PELEHATĂI
Script & Animation: ALEX LUNGU

Some illustrations are derivative of icons from The Noun Project, under CC-BY:

Document by Jamison Wieser
Thought by Alex Bakker
Pitchfork by Lisa Aufox
Rake by Anton Gajdosik
Torch by WARPAINT Media Inc.
House by Naomi Atkinson
House by Maurizio Pedrazzoli
House by Olyn LeRoy
Book by Ben Rex Furneaux
Noose by Emma Frances Cormick
Skull-And-Crossbones by Anton Outkine
Table by Thomas Le Bas
Police by Luis Prado
Money by Nick Levesque
Printing Press by Mike Wirth
Feather by Jon Testa
Chisel by Ed Harrison
Gemstone by José Manuel de Laá
Gondola by Patricia Ross
Castle by Trevor Tarczynski
Castle by Kelly Carnes
Stamp by Rohith M S
Police by Luis Prado
Book by David Marioni
Parliament by Luke Anthony Firth
Clock by Alex Kwa
Justice by anna
Shield by Guido Haak
Coin by Chris Kerr
Sun by Agarunov Oktay-Abraham
Warning by Robert Leonardo
Idea by Ilsur Aptukov
Sheriff by Jardson A.
Castle by Jonah Bethlehem
Skull by Vivian Ziereisen
Idea by Ilsur Aptukov
Fish by Kyle Tezak
Fish by Mister Pixel
Fish by Jens Tärning
Fish by Edward Boatman
Question by Christopher Holm-Hansen
Protest by Chris Kerr
Radio by Co-Effect Creative
Cassette by Mathies Janssen
Vhs-Tape by Mike Wirth
Gramophone by James Fenton
Cloud-Computing by WARSLAB
Link by P.J. Onori
Network by by Bertrand Smets
Share by Wayne Middleton
Internet by OCHA Visual Information Unit
Video by David Waschbüsch
Megaphone by Asif Shirazi

Huzzah! Episode 3 released!

After more than a month’s wait (more like two, actually), we’ve finally managed to complete episode 3. I know we promised you one episode a month, but we got terribly sidetracked due to all the work we had to put into perk fulfillment for our crowdfunding campaign.

Now on track again, we finished up this 7-minute(!) episode that we hope you’ll enjoy. Ideally, it’s going to whet your appetite about the copyright history of yesteryear. It features censorship, hangings, dissent and criticism, a whole bunch of state and church control, angry queens, sad Stationers, and, of course, our terrible culprit: the printing press.

We should always remember that early copyright history is an important aspect of the copyright debate. On the one hand, history shows us that copyright was designed for control more than anything else and that the state got away with this for over two centuries. On the other hand, businesses always feared new technology and lobbied for state protection, with arguments about authors’ safety. These two sides have always lurked in copyright’s underbelly and, over the course of three more centuries, managed to erode all the public good that copyright was primarily designed to promote. But more on that later 🙂

Free as in “I’m free!”

I want to remind you that all our work is under a free CC-BY license, so feel free to share, download, remix, use it in your own projects, upload, translate, or anything else you’d like. Go crazy. A subtitle file is also available for those of you who want to translate it to other languages.

We thank you for your patience and hope you’ll enjoy this latest episode.