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TED’s copyright / Le copyright de TED

2015 . 09 . 17 - Comments / Commentaires (9)

Learning about copyright: it’s an idea worth spreading…to TED.

Comprendre le droit d’auteur: c’est une idée qui mérite d’être partagée…avec TED.


The sad thing is that this pushy use of the word “copyright” to silence people isn’t just something that TED does. I’ve run into it again and again—with this institution I’ve worked with and with this one I visited among others.


C’est triste mais cette utilisation aggressive du mot copyright qui réduit les gens au silence est une stratégie employée par beaucoup d’institutions, pas seulement TED. Je l’ai connue avec une institution avec qui j’ai travaillé et avec une que j’ai rencontré en passant entre autres.



TEDx YouTube

screenshot of my TEDx talk on YouTube / capture d’écran de mon discours TEDx sur YouTube

The only way to combat this ©ing of our world is to learn about copyright. If you’re open to questioning copyright, start with this documentary or with my book about why I put my art in the public domain.

La seule façon de lutter contre ce ©ment de notre monde est de se renseigner sur le droit d’auteur. Si l’idée de remettre en question le droit d’auteur ne vous gène pas, commencez par ce documentaire ou par mon livre qui explique pourquoi je mets mon art dans le domaine public.



TEDx YouTube

screenshot of YouTube copyright claim page / capture d’écran de la page copyright sur YouTube

Also, I’d like to officially note that, before TED made its threat/offer to take down its upload of my talk, I always used that version for my English-speaking Web presence—embedding it on my site and pointing to it regularly. It made sense, because TED and I were partners, with me giving them good content and them giving me their clout.

Et je tiens à souligner que, avant la menace/proposition de supprimer leur version de mon discours, j’utilisais toujours la version publiée par TED pour mon public anglophone—je le mettais sur mon site et je partageais le lien régulièrement. À ce moment là, TED et moi étions des partenaires. Je leur ai donné une super vidéo et TED m’a donné leur public.



TEDx releaseTEDx release

my TEDx speaker contract / mon contrat pour ma conférence TEDx

But that relationship ended when they got weird and grabby. I’ve now uploaded an unsubtitled version of my own and it’s here if you want to see the silliness of claiming a copyright on this talk.

Mais tout ça c’est fini. J’ai publié une version sans sous-titres sur mes propres plate-formes. La version avec sous-titres est ici si vous voulez voir combien c’est idiot d’essayer de revendiquer un droit d’auteur sur ce discours.



TEDx Gwenn Seemel

digital image by Gwenn Seemel / image numérique par Gwenn Seemel



- -—UPDATE / MISE À JOUR 2016 . 05 . 25—- -

TED finally release their bogus claim on my upload of my talk, and I wrote about what I learned from tangling with them here.

TED a enfin laissé tomber sa réclamation fausse, et j’explique ce que j’ai appris ici


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(9) Comments / Commentaires: TED’s copyright / Le copyright de TED

-- Lynette -- 2015 . 09 . 17 --

That was informative, Gwenn.  TED should have been different, but it always is about money.

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-- Gwenn -- 2015 . 09 . 18 --

@Lynette: I don’t know. It seems like they could have made a lot more money off of me by fully exploiting their own platforms. This feels like it’s about control and about being the big important institution more than it’s about money. In any case, they certainly seem to do the big important thing well. Most of the comments I’ve received about this video have been private. No one wants to tussle with them publicly. That works out nicely for them if they never want to grow.

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-- Lynette -- 2015 . 09 . 18 --

You are right about control, Gwenn, and TED wants to mark its territory.

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-- Dorian -- 2015 . 09 . 25 --

Etrange situation, on est à l’abri de rien visiblement ! Le pire c’est que ça ne doit certainement pas être les seuls à agir de la sorte. Ton sujet rend la situation d’autant plus ironique…

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-- Gwenn -- 2015 . 09 . 26 --

@Dorian: Le pire est qu’on ne veut pas croire que TED a tort dans ce cas…c’est ce que je découvre. C’est bizarre comment les gens s’associent à certaines institutions comme si elles faisaient partie de leur personnalité. Cet article en parle d’une manière intéressante.

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-- cjy -- 2016 . 03 . 30 --

WHOA!

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-- Gwenn -- 2016 . 03 . 30 --

@cjy: Ya. And today it got WHOA all over again—or is it WOE? I noticed that they reinstated the ad that they’d temporarily removed. I’ve resorted to pleading with them to stop harassing me and my viewers as well as filling out YouTube’s dispute form. The ads are gone for now while the dispute is in effect, but I seriously doubt that YouTube will actually make TED produce proof of ownership because they haven’t so far.

I despise ads. I hate the way copyright makes the people with money more powerful than the people without. And I really really REALLY dislike people who work for companies and think that they’re smarter than freelancers just because some company pays them a salary. So this situation is pretty much the perfect manifestation of poo. Blecht.

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-- Darkis -- 2016 . 04 . 10 --

All I can say is WOW! And I thought they were the good guys. I have worked with big organizations my whole life. One thing I’ve noticed (many times) is that sometimes is not necessarily the organization but rather the individual working in the organization. They hide their puny selves behind the organization’s big name to be bullies.

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-- Gwenn -- 2016 . 04 . 10 --

@Darkis: I wish that were the case here, but, from what I can tell, both TED and YouTube have a culture of stonewalling the little people. I say this because it’s not just one person who’s doing the bullying, but everyone I talk to and everyone my friends talk to…because I’ve resorted to asking well-placed friends with friends in the companies to intervene. I sort of hate myself for doing it, but I’m desperate to have TED and YouTube leave my content alone. :(

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