Copyright is a corset. Time for collaboration
by Peter Watts
Poor Lord Grantham. He has no idea what’s coming. Corsets are about to start coming off all over the place.
World War 1 has changed the Downton landscape of Season Three socially, morally, and economically. Old certainties no longer count. When individuals both upstairs and downstairs within the Abbey try to use those old certainties to exert control over others, the consequences are seldom what they intend.
As presenters we too live in a changed world; one changed by mobile technology.
When audiences can simply film or photo their way through a presentation, it is no longer realistic to pull up an intellectual drawbridge and attempt to hide behind a © copyright symbol. While we may have been born into a world of Intellectual Property fiefdom, the walls that held that fiefdom together crumble a little more each time somebody lifts a smartphone.
Of course one way to handle this might be to ban the use of mobile phones within the audience. If you have ever tried this then you will already know how unsuccessful the approach is.
The corset of “please turn off your mobile phones” no longer works. It’s time for collaboration, not corsets.
When we ring-fence our IP it is because scarcity mentality tells us that if we release this precious idea, we’ll never get another one. Better to lock it away.
Abundance mentality however would tell us that where that idea came from, there are plenty more waiting to be born. Your idea might trigger thoughts in somebody else, and yet another person’s ideas might trigger thoughts in you.
This only happens though, if we let go of © for corset and for copyright, and instead embrace © for collaboration.
Will Lord Grantham learn his lesson by the end of Season Three, because even the Dowager is loosening up her laces.