[fosscomm] Spoken Tutorial Project - IIT Bombay, Interest in getting involved with you !

Vickram Crishna vvcrishna at gmail.com
Sun Oct 16 23:54:08 PDT 2011


On Mon, Oct 17, 2011 at 11:49 AM, sajan venniyoor <venniyoor at gmail.com>wrote:

> On 17 October 2011 10:54, <jtd at mtnl.net.in> wrote:
>
>> > So how can a content creator allow content to be usable
>> > for free where there are no financial gains but restrict when someone
>> > is making financial gains ?
>> You cant, especially when the term "commercial" is totally ambiguous.
>>
>> What happens when an educational website/provider distributes the content
>> for
>> free, but merges several commercial ads into he content. what happens when
>> a
>> teacher uses the content in a classroom as - she is after all paid for the
>> lecture.
>>
>
>
> Prevention of commercial use is, as JTD says, an unachievable goal.
>

+1

To echo Sajan's comment, to continue to pander to such unachievable goals is
to support a regime of governance that is both outdated and unproductive.

This<http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20111006/02041616231/only-way-to-stop-file-sharing-is-to-stop-private-communications.shtml>
article
argues, in a different context, that stopping music piracy is akin to
stopping private communication - in fact, investigations into music piracy
may permit (in some countries) warrantless snooping into private
communications already. The music industry actually does not need such
surveillance, nor is it dependent on music unit sales - it has developed
alternate revenue models (merchandising, promotions, ringtones etc) already,
which will contribute 75% to the bottomline within the next handful of
years, according to industry insiders, recognising that sales of music
linked to physical media is virtually dead in the water already.

The textbook publishing industry, if one can call it that, may not have
similar alternatives already, but that may be due to its own
shortsightedness in not proactively working with authors to tighten their
hold on such things - tie-ins with schools/academic institutions to organise
lectures, or stream lectures, etc, but that does not a. prevent it from
working on those revenue streams today, or b. justify pan-governmental
support endlessly into the future.

It is perhaps curious, or timely, that this discussion is taking place on
this thread, which started, after all, on just such an initiative to create
alternate revenue streams, but which did not, in fact, come from the
textbook publishing 'industry', afaik. It behooves the proposers, therefore,
to reconsider their decision on licensing, which is designed to benefit
someone else in the first place.

-- 
Vickram
Fool On The Hill <http://communicall.wordpress.com>
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