4483hello, and some thoughts about copyrights
- Aug 30, 2004Hello,
I'm new on the group, so maybe I'll start off with a short
introduction: My name is Bart, I'm a 32 year old Belgian,
ex-industrial engineer (only the diploma, never worked it), ex-artist
(short career, stopped mainly because of disappointment with the
establishment), (more or less ex-)cultural installer (see
no-consumerist, and fresh but very motivated farmer on the road to
natural farming (and also zen-buddhism), doing my best to follow the
footsteps of Bill Mollison and even more of the very honorable Mr.
My wife is Mexican, and while we are still living in Belgium at the
moment, early next year we will be moving to Mexico to practise
natural farming. Hope to send you some photos soon of a beautiful
natural garden, Mexican style :-)
So far the introduction.
Looking around on the fukuoka-group-page, I stumbled upon a poll about
"Who do you think should own copyrights to Masanobu Fukuoka's books?".
I don't know if these have any relevance at the moment, but I have
some thoughts in this respect (coming from an artistic background and
having thought a lot about copyright-issues), which I would like to
share - for what they're worth.
For me it is absolutely clear that there is only one good copyright
for Fukuoka-san's books, being: copyLEFT, or free for the public
domain. The copyright of these texts should not belong to a person, or
a family (and certainly not a publisher), but to humanity as a whole -
they are too important too be "privatised".
Although this "humanity-copyright" may seem rather abstract, it is a
very practical and realistic matter, and is already (more or less)
widely used. For some examples see i.e. the books of the Critical Arts
Ensemble , free to "pirate and quote"(*). At
http://creativecommons.org/ there's a lot of very accessible
information about copyrights that allow the greatest possible
distribution of a work, without permitting abuse, the most free
copyright being "public domain".
We all know how hard it was, and to some extent still is, to get hold
of Mr. Fukuoka's books, which is really a shame. If they were
copylefted, it would allow them to spread like a very beneficial
virus, which is just what this planet needs. Furthermore, from a
philosophical viewpoint, copyleft is the only "right" license, but
that would lead us too far.
If any of you have some thoughts about this, I'll look forward to get
to know them. If not, well, I got it off my chest, and thanks for
reading anyhow :-)
(*) http://www.critical-art.net/books/index.html; if you're somehow
into art, they are very much worth reading. More examples of 'free"
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