Monday, January 14, 2013

You Should Read the Contract, Seriously

Reading is fundamental, especially if you have intentions of creating web video for profit. Please read the L.A. Weekly story by Tessa Stuart called in print Rage Against the Machinima and on-line as YouTube Stars Strike Back.

It is a tale of gamer video creators signing odious contracts that can claim the rights to their work for life and beyond, no matter the delivery method no or here after devised.

Hell, no.

See, this is why you need history. This is the same stuff that was done to American rural music performers, street kids singing on the corner and film actors under contract with the major movie studios from the 1900s to the early 1960s.

With the amount of money that is starting to flow into web video you'd kind of have to expect this sooner or later. The venturn capitalists are trying to hold hands to the future and those acting as middle people are damn determined to make bank by whatever means necessary.

The sharks are in the water looking for blood. Don't let it be yours.

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