Anyone who followed our in-depth coverage of the recent conviction of South Africa’s first man charged with online copyright infringement will know that it’s a subject dear to our hearts. How do we make the internet an open and enjoyable place for all, protecting our commercial ventures while making sure that people don’t end up criminalised for things that seem like ordinary behaviour.
One important way is Creative Commons, the alternative to copyright (which we use for all original content). Essentially, we automatically grant anyone a non-commercial licence to use our words, pictures and videos, in return for which we merely ask for credit. Likewise, we use an enormous number of Creative Commons licenced images from others on this site, without which we wouldn’t be able to afford to function.
Copyright infringement and big fines for downloaders might seem like something that only happens overseas, but it’s not. And as the issue becomes more pressing here, we want to help tackle ignorance of what copyright is on both sides of the creator/consumer equation and how illegal behaviour can be avoided while at the same time rewarding those who like your stuff.
Which is why we’re sponsoring an up-and-coming film-night-cum-meet-and-greet at JoziHub. It’s being organised by Hacks/Hackers Johannesburg (disclosure – I’m a member) and Creative Commons South Africa, and will involve beer, wine, soft drinks, popcorn and a showing of TPB AFK (The Pirate Bay: Away From Keyboard), itself a Creative Commons licensed film.
Incidentally, one of the co-founders of The Pirate Bay is currently in solitary confinement, while the other was re-arrested yesterday following an Interpol manhunt.
So join us on Saturday 21st June at JoziHub, from 7.30pm onwards. After talks and the movie we’ll decamp to a local bar.CC 3.0 by Simon Klose]