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posted 08 November 2003 09:56 PM      Profile for Doug   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Here's an interesting idea for better funding the arts and at the same time creating a body of artistic work that's in the public domain.

"The AFV would allow each individual to contribute a refundable tax credit of approximately $100 to a creative worker of their choice, or to an intermediary who passes funds along to creative workers. Recipients of the AFV (creative workers and intermediaries) would be required to register with the government in the same way that religious or charitable organizations must now register for tax-exempt status. This registration is only for the purpose of preventing fraud - it does not involve any evaluation of the quality of the work being produced.

In exchange for receiving AFV support, creative workers would be ineligible for copyright protection for a significant period of time (e.g. five years). Copyrights and the AFV are alternative ways in which the government supports creative workers. Creative workers are entitled to be compensated once for their work, not twice. The AFV would not affect a creative workers ability to receive money for concerts or other live performances."

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Dr. Mr. Ben
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posted 09 November 2003 02:07 AM      Profile for Dr. Mr. Ben   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I find the idea rather intriguing; I'm not sure if I really like it or not yet, though. However, there is one restriction/right that I think the "creative workers" need to maintain in order for this to be a workable solution, the right to integrity of the work.

I can imagine letting something I made be freely reproduced and distributed in the public domain if I'd been compensated in an alternative way, but I can't imagine letting people chop it up and do whatever they wanted to it. Perhaps work created under the AFV system could form a category of works that are free for reproduction, but are not allowed to be modified?

Also, you should be able to split up your credit to give to multiple people if you want.

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