raise your hands up into the sky

Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds – Fifteen Feet of Pure White Snow
Tx to thenightstar599

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I write contemporary LGBTQ fiction that explores the dark & light of human love and desire. Interests: Progressive politics, visual arts, vintage illustration, mid-century design. French films, Queer cinema. Literary quotes. J'adore Paris. Ich liebe Berlin.

4 thoughts on “raise your hands up into the sky

  1. Have you maybe tried working something out with Warner Bros. maybe? Honestly, this is my one stop site for Nick Cave news and memorabilia, and maybe if you show them what you do here they may extend the courtesy. From my experience, the music companies aren’t that bad to deal with. I contacted Universal Music once to use a song for the opening of this online show I was working on and they were ecstatic about the whole ordeal.
    Give it a shot. I’d hate to see this place close.

    • Hi Vinny, thanks for responding.

      This situation is complicated for many reasons. Part of it is a WordPress issue. They charge a fee for what was a free service, namely uploading videos. In the beginning, all we had to do was purchase 5 GB of storage and the video uploading was part of the deal. Now, it’s $60/year + $20 for 5 GB of storage which barely meets our needs now, let alone in future.

      The problem with YouTube is that I can’t depend on them as a safe third-party video host. Any vid I upload is a potential target, we all have that fear. It’s bigger than Warner Bros. Also, even if they were generous about copyrights I would still have to figure out how to do this without paying WordPress.

      I’ve considered taking us back to the Blogger site to keep it free but the features they offer are limited and don’t meet our needs, which is why we’re here.

      It’s a tough decision but when a free blog suddenly costs $80-100 bucks/year for operations, it puts you off a bit. I never counted on being blindsided by all of the video issues. We need to upload and we need to have on-site archives if we are to continue.

      Right now, I don’t have an answer but I am on the lookout for ways to generate income to cover expenses.

      It’s not over till it’s over, so we’ll see what happens. The Universe will give an answer eventually.

  2. The former upload of Fifteen Feet of Pure White Snow is now muted. No sound. YouTube’s enforcement is getting stricter because of legal problems with Warner Bros but make no mistake. The trend toward corporate control over copyrights is not an artist issue anymore. It is a corporate driven scheme to hold absolute economic control over all artistic content (past/present and future) that is produced and to restrict your right to access said content for fair use in social networking media, namely blogs.

    Must Read: Stephen Downes Copyright Consultation Submission (Extract follows)

    No person, I think, disagrees with the fundamental principle copyright, that the creator of an original work obtains, by virtue of that creative act, certain rights and protections regarding that particular work. But such rights and protections are limited. The creation of original work can occur only within a social content, only through the re-use of existing words, concepts, images or artifacts, and is therefore the originality in any given work is limited to that part actually created by the author, and is not to be used as a mechanism to extend the author’s other rights and privileges in society, nor to facilitate, through the process of creation, the ownership of ideas, concepts, words or images, that already exist in society.

    The intent of copyright is to protect and encourage the act of creation, and not to facilitate a process of appropriation of pre-existing goods. Go to article

    THE FUTURE OF NICK CAVE FIXES:
    We are primarily a video blog so our entire future is at stake here. Further, our specialty is presenting restrospectives. In order to do that, we rely on older material as a way to inform the present and consider the future, for Nick Cave and other related artists. Can I trust those clips in the hands of YouTube? Obviously, if we are to continue, we can no use 3rd party hosts as a free option for archiving our precious video memories. Take-downs are rampant.

    There are two solutions so I will briefly explain and would appreciate feedback, please. If a poll will help I will construct one.

    THE PUBLIC/DONATIONS MODEL:

    Here are the costs per year (these are reassessed each April 1st for May 1st site renewals):

    BASIC COSTS: VideoPress is $60.00 US/ year for video upload privileges and applies to all video blogs.

    ADDITIONAL STORAGE COST:
    – $20.00 US/year for 5 GB storage (Bare minimum and what we have now. Severe limits on archiving. Older vids must be deleted as new ones are uploaded. The use of YouTube is imperative at this level.)

    – $60 US per year for 15 GB storage upgrade (Much better, allows for the archiving of the most precious videos that we cannot trust in outside hands. Would allow us to expand viewing features for our visitors.)

    – $90 US per year for 25 GB storage upgrade (As good as it gets, would allow us to completely by-pass all 3rd party hosts. Nick Fixes would have permanent archives and the ability to offer unlimited viewing features for our guests in numerous capacities.)

    WORDPRESS CREDITS: WordPress credits cost $1.00 each. They are cumulative and go into a credit bank here at WordPress. Once we reach our goal, we can pay the fees for next year. We keep a list of benefactors/angels/supporters on the About page. I will post more info if you want it, or Deb can address this as our accounts manager.

    THE PRIVATE SUBSCRIPTION OPTION:

    The other option? We go to a private subscription level blog. That means no public access for private videos whatsoever. To be a member you would be asked to pay a fee to offset costs outlined above as well as the WordPress fee for allowing unlimited private members on this blog. I can list more pros and cons and I will get back to it as this discussion unfolds. One pro for the subscription model is that we can upload material that we cannot currently present to the general public due to copyright concerns and in the interest of protecting our trader friends and fellow collectors. As members you would gain a level of access to materials that we cannot currently offer. The con is that the public would miss out – people that look for this site every day.

    THE NITTY GRITTY:
    I cannot bear the costs myself. As it is, I do not get paid or reimbursed or receive anything for this work. Not only that, many of the clips belong to my personal collection or are jointly owned by friends and former colleagues of Nick Cave Fixes. In other words, we already donate, every single day that this blog is up and running. Additional monetary costs such as I’ve described are deal breakers. So think about these options, people. Please post a response, and we’ll see how things go. Nick Fixes is safe through April, but we must begin to acquire credits now, whether we go private or stay public.

    BOTTOM LINE:If we cannot raise sufficient funds we will close Nick Fixes as a public blog on April 30, 2010

    Thanks for reading and hopefully responding,
    Morgan

    Meanwhile…

    RELEVANT NEWS POSTS:
    (From Electronic Frontier Foundation)

    January 2009
    YouTube Hits The Mute Button as Royalty Fight With Warner Bros. Continues
    http://tinyurl.com/nk3ubw

    May 11th, 2009
    Why Video Remix Creators Need a DMCA Exemption
    http://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2009/05/why-video-remix-crea

    August 3rd, 2009
    FCC Opens Investigation on iPhone App Discrimination
    http://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2009/08/fcc-opens-investigations-iphone-app-discrimination

    August 11th, 2009
    Judge Rules Against RealDVD
    http://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2009/08/judge-rules-against-realdvd

    September 7th, 2009
    Improving DMCA Takedowns at Blogger, Flickr
    http://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2009/09/improving-dmca-takedowns-blogger-flickr

    September 8th, 2009
    National Coalition of Authors Urge Rejection of Google Book Search Deal
    http://www.eff.org/press/archives/2009/09/08

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