Friday, January 30, 2004

Artistic freedom vouchers

I love this idea for "artistic freedom vouchers" (AFVs) which would allow individuals to contribute a refundable tax credit of approximately $100 to a creative worker of their choice. In return, these creative workers would be ineligible for copyright protection for a significant period of time, and all work that they produced in that time would go into the public domain.

To be honest, it does sound a bit pie-in-the-sky to me (for one thing, the initial effort of setting up the scheme would be huge and I can only imagine the howls of protest from the media companies...), but it's a fantastic idea, and it's good to see people looking for creative alternatives to copyright.

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