[SCA-AE] Copyright and scrolls
tigranes at nep.net
Tue Mar 6 10:53:44 EST 2007
Greetings from Tigranes,
I has been years since I was an active scribe in the Kingdom, but the recent
thread on scrolls piqued my interest.
When I produced a scroll for an award, I considered it to be a gift. When I
give a gift to someone, it belongs to them, and they are entitled to do with
it whatever pleases them. For me this goes for any gift, and I extend the
philosophy to the scrolls I produced.
I realize that copyright law probably says otherwise, but *in my opinion*
copyright law shouldn't enter into the equation. (Again, in my opinion), If
I am offered a scroll assignment from Signet, I understand that my work is
going to be given with an award, as a gift (the gift part is particularly
apt, as many have pointed out a scroll is not guaranteed with each award),
and I should expect no payment or other gain for my services. If the
recipient of the scroll decides to scan it, post it on the web, use it as
wallpaper for a website, or sell, trade, give it away or line the birdcage
with it, I have not been harmed. Even if that person uses the image for a
commercial enterprise that nets millions of dollars, I still have not been
harmed, since I could have refused the assignment but instead agreed to GIVE
the product of my work away. That is the spirit in which I worked when I
was producing scrolls.
That said, I'll add that award scrolls that I have received are displayed in
my home with pride and appreciation. The only copies I have made of any of
them were to display at demos, so as not to risk damage to the originals.
Please note again that I am expressing my personal opinion. I know next to
nothing about copyright law. I respect the fact that others' opinions may
differ from mine, and that my opinion is not superior to anyone else's.
Baron Tigranes of Bezabde
GOLD is for the mistress-silver for the maid-
Copper for the craftsman cunning at his trade."
"Good!" said the Baron, sitting in his hall,
"But Iron-Cold Iron-is master of them all."
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