A challenge for this last day

By Douglas McLennan
There have been a lots of illuminating ideas and observations flying around this week on the blog, and I want to thank everyone for taking part (and apologize for my breakout pessimism in yesterday's post). But I'm wondering if I could challenge everyone in this last day to come up with their nomination for the biggest policy threat or potentially transformative initiative currently facing our culture. For my part, I'd nominate endless assignable copyright. Locking down creative work indefinitely takes it off the shelf for other artists to build on. We need better ways to pay artists. But we also need to ensure that our collective creativity is available to extend.
July 23, 2010 4:51 AM | | Comments (1) |


My corollary question would be where/how do we find out what the biggest policy threats or initiatives are?

I consider myself pretty knowledgeable on a variety of subjects, but still found out some new stuff this week. For instance, I knew vaguely about the FCC asking about radio ownership mentioned in Jean's post (http://www.artsjournal.com/artists/2010/07/resources-part-ii-dear-foundat.html) but did not know about how that affected wirless microphones.

I will check out the Alliance for Justice website also mentioned in Jean's post, but is there a website or blog that trackes these policy changes? Or maybe ArtsJournal can start including that as one of the sections in the daily newsletter?

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