Freedom or Copyright? - GNU Project - Free Software Foundation (FSF)

Alex Hudson home at
Mon Feb 11 11:59:47 UTC 2008

On Mon, 2008-02-11 at 10:47 +0000, Ciaran O'Riordan wrote:
> Alex Hudson <home at> writes:
> > So on what basis is $100k expensive for a film?
> In the case of a bunch of low-budget art students wanting to make a film in
> Brussels, EUR70,000 kills the project.

That doesn't really answer my question.

Sure, clearing rights can be expensive. It can also be avoidable,

What isn't avoidable is the basic cost of creating a film. It takes a
lot of people, it takes time and equipment, and it costs money. 

Copyright had no effect that I can see on the "Elephant Dreams" short,
and I would estimate its cost at $150k. There is nothing in there that I
could see would suddenly become fundamentally cheaper if copyright was
for whatever reason non-existent.



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