Public Domain, YouTube and DMCA

In January I uploaded a silent film video which I found on Wikimedia Commons to YouTube. This said film has fallen under the public domain, due to age. Less than one week later I recived a DMCA takedown notice from Milestone FIlms, via YouTube.

This was quite shocking for me, since the video is clearly old and should be in the public domain in the United States because it was published before January 1, 1923.

I had to go looking on multiple different help guides and forums to understand how I could refute the takedown notice. It took about one week, if not more, to have the file restored.

In January I uploaded a silent film video which I found on Wikimedia Commons to YouTube. This said film has fallen under the public domain, due to age. Less than one week later I received a DMCA takedown notice from Milestone FIlms, via YouTube.

Anyways, now the video has been restored – finally. So go watch it!

Outreach – What is it good for?

A few months agoI stared transferring images of species form Flickr to Wikimedia Commons which had an acceptable license. However rewarding this might be for the grand scheme of free knowledge and information, it feels terrible to see images which has more restrictive licenses.

I took it upon myself to contact a few of these Flickr-photographers and asked them nicely if they could agree to change their licenses to a more open and free license (of course I used the ‘can be used in Wikipedia‘-aspect), and one of them actually responded to me and agreed to change their licenses on all their ~11 000 images of species.

These images can now be found in Category:Photographs by Bernard Dupont.

This only goes to show that outreach is the best way to help the free knowledge movement. People want to help out and have their material shared and used, all it takes it a push in the right direction.

Exactly what is this ‘Freedom of Panorama’?

It is exactly what it sounds like, a freedom. A freedom to be allowed to take photographs in public, such as panorama photos of ones surrounding.

If you want to snap a photo of a building or a nice statue permanently placed in public, you are allowed to do so, and share it however you want. Nobody, such as the architect or artist of said statue, can sue you for intellectual property infringement, nor can they claim copyright of the images which you have taken. Those are yours alone, free to do what you want with.

Some countries, such as the UK and Sweden allow such freedoms, while a few such as Itally disallows it, limiting ones freedoms. Which side of history do you want to be on? The one which forbids photography, or allow it?

European Parliament: “You like photography? Jokes on you!”

For a long time now photography has been one of the biggest art form out there. Everybody photographs. For private use, Instagram, Facebook, or other usage. Now imagine if there were a law forbidding you from photographing outside of your home. Forbidding you to photograph buildings and forbidding you to shares such images. That is the reality in some countries, such as in Italy today.

One politician in the European Parliament wanted to help people in countries such Italy in the EU, however this got some nasty backlash. Instead of making photography in the European Union less restrictive, now a motion to make it even harsher in the entire European Union has been filed.

This will forbid you and I to photograph buildings and structures such as the London Eye in London and The Little Mermaid in Denmark.

Please help out and tell the politicians in your country to do something to stop this, and remember to sign the petition! Links are below.