Tuesday, August 23, 2005

Analysis of Current TV's Submission Policy (PART 1)

Current TV Submission Policy
Originally uploaded by Insurgent.
Part 1 of 2
If you click on the picture, you can read the Submission Terms that govern all content uploaded to the Current Studio.

Throughout this entry, I will be referencing this document as I attempt to break down all the legalease, and explain anything that I feel is of importance. It's important to note that I am not a lawyer and any and all analysis made by me regarding any legal documents should be regarded as that of a layperson; as such, these opinions should not be relied upon as legal fact and I take no responsibility for any interpretive mistakes made in my commentary. In some cases, I have used bold text to add emphasis.

  • I hereby grant to Current the exclusive, royalty-free perpetual right to exhibit, display and otherwise distribute my Submission via Current's web site for a period of thre (3) months.

  • I've written about Current's policy regarding internet rights in a previous entry.

  • I further grant to Current an option to acquire the exclusive right to broadcast, exhibit or otherwise distribute my Submission in all media throughout the world in perpetuity.

  • Anyone thinking about uploading to Current should already be well aware of this, but in case you're not. It's important that you realize that once you've uploaded a piece to Current, they have the chance to snap up all your rights to the piece itself forever in return for compensation according to the Current pay scale. You'll get $250 for the first piece they choose to option.

  • I forever waive an relinquish all so-called "moral rights (droit moral)" now or hereafter recognized

  • I'm not 100% sure what this means, but it sure sounds scary. In a previous post, I wrote about how the corporate media is using my footage to advance a news story which I find biased, "moral rights" may simply make the fact that I'd have no recourse under such a situation explicit.

  • I agree not to issue any publicity on behalf of Current, but I am free to make casual and non-derogatory public statements regarding Current.

  • I'm not entirely sure what it means to make publicity on behalf of Current, but I'm guessing that my conversations with the media regarding Current TV would qualify although to the best of my knowledge it isn't possible to simply click away one's first ammendment rights. In regards to "casual and non-derogatory public statements," I'm uncertain what the legal definition for casual or non-derogatory is, or whether such a legal definition even exists.

  • I will have no right of approval or consultation with respect to Current's use of the Submission.

  • I totally understand relinquishing my rights of approval, but why must Current include consultation. Even if there's nothing the creator can do about it, he or she should at least have the opportunity to talk to Current about an issue regarding the use of their submission. In Current's fairness, I'm certain they would take the time to talk about such issues, but it troubles me that it was put into the terms.

    Police Raid Music Festival in Utah

    From Metafilter:

    Pump up the volume:
    Utah, 8/20/2005. A small fully permitted outdoor Drum and Bass gathering called "Versus 2" was the scene of a surreal amount of excessive force and tactics of cultural intimidation. Approximately 60 armored, helmeted and camouflaged Utah County Sheriffs officers armed with Police dogs, Tasers, MP5 submachine guns, rifles, batons and tear gas stormed the DJ booth and the dance floor. Still and video camera operators were singled out for abuse, police violence and confiscation of image recording devices. At least one video clip has made it to the net, helping spread the news globally within the Electronic Dance Music community within 24 hours. (Video Links: please use the torrents here or randomly choose one server here (1 2 3 4 5 6 7 ) to help spread out the bandwidth costs.)

    Flashback to 6/31/2005 in the Czech Republic. Flashback to 70 years ago.

    More coverage: Daily Kos - Utah Indymedia - Drug Policy Alliance - Democracy Now (Audio) - more.

    Thursday, August 18, 2005

    Fuck the Corporate Media

    Fuck the Corporate Media
    Originally uploaded by Insurgent.
    On July 8th, I filmed a protest in San Francisco. During the demonstration, an officer was injured.

    Obviously the injury of the police officer sparked a media sandstorm; however, the newsmedia had elected not to cover the protest so they had no footage of the event.

    Brian Shields of The Bay Area is Talking was compiling all the photos and reports as they came in from the protest and I contacted him about my footage shortly before posting it to Indybay and my vlog.

    In an attempt to steer KRON's story towards a more balanced outlook of the event, I elected to sell a selected portion of my footage documenting the police's oppresive actions to the station.

    Now that KRON had the footage, what would the rest of the stations do as the story became a major ratings grab? They did what everyone else did, they went to Indybay and watched my video of the events, only they also decided to put excerpts from my video on television without asking my permission, providing any sort of attribution or offering compensation.

    Upon hearing this, I spoke to a few friends and one of them suggested that I simply send them a bill. So that's what I did, I wrote a letter to each of the stations announcing my frustration with them using my footage and demanding fulfillment of my invoice for a sum significantly higher than the going stringer rate.

    It worked, and almost all of them agreed to honor my invoice in exchange for the full quality footage already available on my website. I agreed, and have already recieved payment from most of the stations.

    But that's all backstory... well, tonight, CBS 5 aired a story about a report released by the police chief in regards to July 8th, and my footage was used quite liberally.

    Due to the ongoing criminal investigation, I can't really comment on the events of the night (yikes, I sound like Scott McClellan), I have an appointment with my lawyer tomorrow morning, and I'll be sure to share what I can as soon as I discuss the matter with him.

    But suffice it to say that the news report on CBS 5 was not accurate and neglected some very important elements of the story which are quite clear after watching this video which the CBS story relied on heavily. Judge for yourself, and please let me know what you think.

    I'll try to deliver a more direct response to the CBS story once, I speak with my legal counsel.

    Tuesday, August 16, 2005

    Goodbye Working Retail

    Goodbye Work
    Originally uploaded by Insurgent.
    I recently quit my job working retail. Friday night was my last night and afterwords my coworkers decided to throw a little goodbye bash. I'll miss my friends there, but I definitely will not miss the job.

    Sunday, August 14, 2005

    Meet My Doppleganger

    This is Not Me
    Originally uploaded by Insurgent.
    So last night I mentioned that Josh Wolf was running for Congress in Ohio. Well, I did a google image search and I think I found a picture of Josh. It get's weirder.
    Josh Wolf, center, 23, a delegate from Athens, Ohio, dances to Wyclef Jean's song, "If I was President," during the Democratic National Convention at the FleetCenter in Boston, Wednesday, July 28, 2004.
    All right, so he's 24, maybe even 25 by now and I just turned 23, but this still seems pretty fucking surreal. Good luck Josh! Diebold be damned let's put a Wolf in congress.

    College Not Combat (repost)

    College Not Combat
    Originally uploaded by blackcatmedia.

    Hey Guys, Vanessa Hua's article about videoblogging came out this morning in the SF Chronicle. She's got some really great things to say about all of us bay area vloggers, myself included. Thanks Vanessa.
    After filming a protest against military recruiters at San Francisco State University's career fair in March, Josh Wolf immediately put the footage online. Shouting "Racist, sexist, anti-gay -- U.S.A. military go away," protesters surrounded the recruiters, who sat with stoic faces. Eventually, they left as students cheered.

    "By watching, you should be able to see for yourself, and decide if it was a First Amendment issue or if students should be punished," said Wolf, 23, a psychology major.
    On March 9th, recruiters from both the Army Corps of Engineers and the Air Force Officer Training School came to San Francisco State University to attend a career fair held on campus.

    Students from several groups on campus worked together to organize a rally against the military's presence on campus. The school's chapter of the College Republicans held a protest against the protesters. These counter-demonstrators played a much larger role in the original edit of this piece, but the general public seemed to think they were confused members of the anti-recruitment protestors so I had to cut them out.

    College Not Combat features music by emcee Lynx: Indoctrination and Truth is the Power.

    I'm Not Running for Congress

    I'm Not Running for Congress
    Originally uploaded by Insurgent.
    Just to clear up any confusion straight away, I'm not running for congress in Ohio. Joshua S. Wolf, which happens to be my name as well, is running for the seat in Ohio's 18th Congressional District. For more on his campaign please visit Josh's website.

    Thursday, August 11, 2005

    Current Criteria

    Current Criteria
    Originally uploaded by Insurgent.
    This is from an ongoing dialogue from the metaCurrent group in the Current TV Studio:

    It all goes back to the marketplace of ideas.

    Current is trying to slowly break down the old media paradigm through a process of gradual reform. The very same strategy which I feel plagues the Democratic party as a whole. While small advances can be made through these reform strategies, the goal wil never be realized. A media revolution is necessary.

    The personal media revolution is going on as we speak, and Current has the opportunity to be on the forefront of this tidal shift as the rules about who controls the media rapidly change.

    Instead Current has decided to go in a different direction as they set out to become the television homepage for the 18-34 year old set. While this is a worthwhile pursuit, and I'm sure a vast catalogue of entertaining content will result through this endevour, Current TV will not democratize television by simply allowing viewers to weigh-in with their opinion. Unless the green-light voting process allows studio members to have a direct impact on the Current's programming than it is market research and not an act of empowerment.

    The launch party for Current TV on April 4th was coined Take Back Your TV. Let's do that...

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    Tuesday, August 09, 2005

    BSP - Seeking green lights for Current TV.

    My Current profile
    Originally uploaded by Insurgent.
    Check out my videos on Current TV, vote for Me if you like what you see.

    By the way, BSP is short for blatent self promotion; let's see if it works... :-P

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    Picture 26
    Originally uploaded by Insurgent.
    This is a little video I put together for my digital cinema class last year. The assignment was to make a video using only still photographs. I used some photos from the Stargaze reunion from a few months prior, and spliced some audio from the reunion itself as a sort of backdrop.

    I got a B+

    Sunday, August 07, 2005

    On the 49Media podcast...

    Originally uploaded by Insurgent.
    I was interviewed by Chris Ritke of 49Media over the past weekend. For the Podcast Chris asked me both about Current TV as well as the Rise Up! NetwrokGive it a listen!

    Friday, August 05, 2005

    I'm in TIME!

    I'm in TIME!
    Originally uploaded by Insurgent.
    Laura Locke recently interviewed me about Current for TIME. I picked up a copy recently and find the article to be quite balanced and reveals how Al Gore's station's success is pending on carriage through Rupert Murdoch's Direct TV. Well done Laura!
    And although Current promised to hire hundreds of digital correspondents, contributors must now sign on as free-lancers, who get neither salary nor benefits. In frustration with Current's tight controls, Josh Wolf, 23, a filmmaker and volunteer organizer for Current's San Francisco "meet-up group," at which digital artists view and critique one another's videos, launched his own alternative to Current. Called the Rise Up Network, the collective of video makers is creating a website on which anyone can feature his or her own videos. "A lot of people feel disaffected," he says.

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    Thursday, August 04, 2005

    Rise Up! Network in TIME

    Hey, I'm in the latest issue of TIME magazine and managed to get a plug out for RUN. And if you get a chance, check out my picture on Pg. 34.

    I'm off to Kinko's to scan the article...