Sorry we haven't posted anything in a while. Like the weekend that this whole Rumblefish trip started going down, we were both coming down with the flu. (Don't know if it wa the HiNi but it laid us oldsters both up for about a week and a half. )So by the time that the TechDirt article came out, we didn't even feel like getting on line.
But we are all better now.
And we did want to give Rumblefish a chance to be cool about it if they were going to.
They were cool.
We mean- they emailed us as soon as the article came out. We didn't contact them.
And they asked us to call them.
We weren't up to talking on the phone - so we emailed them back and asked that they take the notice down.
They emailed back and asked for the url to the page of the video.
So, we got that back to them and they removed the Content ID match.
They apologized and that was cool.
Are we all friends and made up now?
Well, we're just not on the same trip.
As artists, we just see something really wrong with twisting the copyright law that was originally meant to protect artists into something oppresses them and leeches off of them.
A lot of people have said, 'Well so, they are just tapping into a revenue stream that you aren't using and those fractions of pennies from monetization isn't something you could benefit from."
So, does it really matter if it's fractions of pennies (from thousands of videos)?
We guess that it's just a Matter of Principle for us - the Capitalist Principle
A principle that says that those who have more deserve more - even if it means taking it from those who have less.
And we have a different principle - that we are free to have the creative work that we have produced used only in the ways that we intend.
We believe we have that freedom.
It's not that we disagree with others profiting off our art. But that we believe that we should be the ones that make that choice.
Haint has an arrangement with a dealer that sells his folk art - Rising Fawn Folk Art Gallery. But the arrangement and the terms are ones that he chose and agreed to, this is quite different from what Rumblefish wanted to do.
That's all folks.
We've have our say and perhaps we part with philosophical differences about art and capitalism.
That's what freedom is all about
Letting our FREEK flag fly.
Peace and love
Haint and Littia