Respecting Boundaries of Copyright & Privacy


I’m a little cranky over a situation I recently faced… Respecting privacy and copyright issues. Most of you know that I filmed a version of my Mom and her interview. It was a beautiful 4 part interview but in spite of what she has been told that I had produced, it was forced off the airways. It was in relation to the cat videos that it was believed I humiliated the cat (A family Member) that I must have done the same to my mother.

I have been thinking a lot about that lately… I have a huge world wide project coming up… and I know how many videos are posted of Diva Dan and I laughing out of control about the stupidity of what we face. I am sure we are humiliating ourselves on a frequent basis, does that count as a Cat Video? Am I humiliating my mother at the same time by humiliating myself? AHHHH maybe I am thinking too deep into this…
I recently found myself deleting an entire account of videos that I had posted. It all comes down to Copyrights & Boundaries. I respect the idea that things that should be free ought to stay free. However, I think there needs to be boundaries or a change of the way we think about things. I will put this in an example of Diva Dan. Daniel can perform songs, but he can’t perform a song on a photocopied piece of paper… he must have purchased it or own the original. Same as filming, we can film the rehearsal as the rehearsal is not the final production, but we can’t film the entirety as a finished piece.
Does this song ridiculous… let me change it again for your mind. What if your friend’s job was to write crochet patterns, write music, video broadcast and etc and that is how they generated their income? Would you be so cheap not to pay $1.00 to $5.00 for the pattern when that is their only method of income?
What I am trying to say here… is that I have a full time job… for me to create patterns for the most part… I provide them for free because I am not relying on it for an income. However, someone like me can severely impact someone who is trying to make a living by selling books, or trying to get people to purchase their patterns. What is so wrong with our society when we believe it’s wrong for another person to be properly paid for their work. I will tell you though… If I came up with a huge pattern that literally took me a week to solve and create… I would had no trouble asking for 1.00 to $5.00 for it.
I deleted this account because of copyright & privacy associations to it. I had run into people who are disgruntled about being on camera, but eventually okay with it. Without written permission… I am dead in the water should a lawsuit be developed. Verbal in today’s society means nothing. It’s not good enough to announce that we are filming and to get out of the way of the camera… what if you were in the washroom or not present when this was announced? Is it so hard to believe that people who belong to certain groups may not want to be publically known for attending the same events. I feel in my heart that though verbal permission is okay, I know that if I was facing down the barrel of a lawsuit, the same people who gave me the okay would be jumping into the ditches allowing me to face it alone.
The world has changed, the copyright rules are important and need to be respected. Privacy needs to be respected to. I can publically humiliate myself as my own expense. If family members or friends decide to disassociate themselves from me as a result… I don’t expect them to come floundering back in numbers if ever I become something of myself. Or for them to say… I ALWAYS KNEW he would do great, when they were the ones to bail in the first place…
Just a rant of how I feel I suppose!
MKL
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About Mikey, The Crochet Crowd

I am Mikey, owner of The Crochet Crowd Blog. I'm a 'hooker' at heart with the passion to crochet. I am from Ontario Canada and teach how to crochet online through YouTube Video Tutorials. From a simple idea and being at the right place and time in my life back in 2008, the concept of The Crochet Crowd was developed. I'm here to hook and share. Come follow my crochet journey and share yours with comments here and you are most welcome to share your creativity within our Facebook page.
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