Why I chose Creative Commons for TPB AFK

To share the film will benefit me as a filmmaker
I’m privileged to have found my dream job. I make documentaries because that’s what I love doing and I think stories, occasionally, can change peoples’ perception of the world. But also to pay rent, travel and afford my great workaholic slacker life. The more people that see my work, the greater the impact of the film. The more people discuss the future of the internets the better for us all. By sharing the film for free I’m also spreading my name, which I believe will help me finance my future films. Furthermore I believe the film will sell better if I make it available on the many platforms people want to consume it on – even if I give it away for free.

You don’t need permission to copy and share my film. But you can’t make money off it
The documentary TPB AFK:The Pirate Bay Away from Keyboard is a film about internet culture – and inevitably about sharing information online. The nature of the problem in the documentary is the paradigm shift of the internet, where the possibility to share information is out of sync with the right to share information. By using a Creative Commons license I am making it legal for the audience to copy and share the film.

Creative Commons licenses are created to help people share culture on the internet
Creative Commons does not substitute Copyright, it is based on Copyright. Instead of saying “All Rights Reserved”, it gives creators a tool to say “Some Rights Reserved”. This allows musicians, writers or filmmakers like myself to decide how people may use their work by choosing between a few licenses. I have chosen the license Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivs which means that people can copy and distribute the film for non commercial purposes, as long as they attribute it to our production company Nonami and don’t remix it.

When partnering with 6 TV-networks it was important to secure that competing channels weren’t allowed to air the film. The Non-Commercial clause solves that. The clause is problematic however, since it also automatically classifies many small independent blogs that use google adwords as commercial. Therefore I have added a clause that let’s me waive the Non-Commercial term  on the condition that such a waiver does not infringe the broadcasters TV-rights.

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I want people to remix TPB AFK
Since we bought and included around 4 min of archive news material from the Swedish Broadcaster SVT they wouldn’t allow us to use a license that allowed remix of the film. Since we love remixing and think it’s an important part of internet culture we will upload a remix-friendly version of the film without the archive material. This 4 min shorter version will be released under an Attribution-Non Commercial-Share Alike license. We will also upload the music separately from the video file and throw in our font to make it easier to remix. I’m looking forward to seeing my film in new contexts that will create new meanings and spread my work to new audiences.

The internet should be used for audience participation
In a media landscape dominated by commercial media, an open license encourages a culture of audience participation and public conversation. I don’t want a traditional passive audience that just watches the film, I want an active audience that can take the film experience in serendipitous directions. A Creative Commons license will include the audience of TPB AFK:The Pirate Bay Away from Keyboard instead of excluding it.

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Simon
Director

 

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37 Responses to Why I chose Creative Commons for TPB AFK

  1. Osama Khalid says:

    [A comment with the link fixed]
    On the Kickstarer page, you promised to release the film under CC BY-SA, allowing commercial use and making it a truly free culture work.

    There are so many serious complications related to using the vague NonCommercial clause and I would really recommend relicensing the film back to CC BY-SA.

    • simme says:

      Hi Osama! It wasn’t super easy to convince 6 National TV-networks to CC-license a film for the first time! We chose the NC-license to ensure that competing TV-channels can’t air the film. To get around the vagueness of the NC-license (that also classifies small indie & community blogs as commercial because they use adwords), we added a clause that let’s us waive the Non-Commercial term to a specific group of licensees on the condition that it doesn’t infringe the broadcasters TV-rights. /Simon

      • Chris Sakkas says:

        Hi Simme,

        Are there provisions for the film to be licensed CC BY-SA in the future? It is disappointing to me that people donated money to you having been told that the movie would be under a particular licence, and you did not keep that promise.

        Cheers,
        Chris

  2. Walter Mairena says:

    Hi,

    I was wondering if it’s ok to air this film on a Nicaraguan TV channel, I think it’s not a competing TV Channel.

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  22. I have a question:
    Am i alowed to play this movie in a bar, as a public event?
    Of course, for free, and with the mention of Nonami and Simon Klose.

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  29. Kẏra says:

    That’s a great explanation of why only the shorter version can be remixed, but the shorter version should be under CC-BY-SA as promised, and not use NC. There’s no excuse for maintaining a commercial monopoly.

    The original kickstarter page advertised CC-BY-SA, a comment exchange indicated you would follow through, and private correspondence as well. http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/tpbafk/tpb-afk-the-pirate-bay-away-from-keyboard/comments?page=3#comments

    I’d love to be able to promote this flim through free culture channels, but unfortunately I can’t due to licensing.

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