Could The Ultimate Legacy Organization - The Vatican - Be Out In Front On Copyright?

from the all-rites-reserved dept

A recent blogger meet up hosted by the Vatican received some attention for comments with which Techdirt readers would be familiar on copyright, attribution, and new media business models. For example, Italian blogger and author Mattia Marasco highlighted the importance of attribution, but said that copyright is "an old model," when it comes to new media, and Dutch podcaster Father Roderick Vonhogen said that journalists will have to get used to their material being reused, but those who focus on quality will make it. The ideas are nothing new (and just some of many expressed at the event), but it'll be interesting to see if the Vatican is listening. Marasco and Father Roderick are not Vatican officials, though in recent years the Pope and other Vatican officials have expressed concern over "an unduly rigid assertion of the right to intellectual property." (The Holy See has, however, asserted its own right to protect the figure of the Pope, but it's unclear what exactly that means.) The Vatican also announced an upcoming News.va website, which will make extensive use of social media and apparently use a non-commercial Creative Commons license (according to Father Roderick [33:40]). Not bad for a 2000-year-old institution. There was also a call for the Holy See Press Office to consider bloggers, when releasing advanced copies of Vatican documents. The meeting was intended to open a dialogue between bloggers and the Vatican, so it'll be interesting to see what the Vatican takes to heart from the encounter and how they continue down the new media path.

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  1. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 10 May 2011 @ 4:34am

    Wow, lots of Catholic hate in here.

    I'm sure you guys are aware, but one of the fundamental tenets of catholicism is that people are pretty messed up, but there's hope for improvement.

    They definitely mess up. Remember that one bishop who killed Joan of Arc for heresy, only for the pope to step in an make her a saint. (This story may be something I saw in a movie and not 100% historically accurate.)

    They have problems today, and they are serious problems. But they are trying to improve. And that's more than can be said for so many institutions and organizations.

    So why do we hate on them? Can you imagine the RIAA admitting that exerting corrupt and purchased influence was morally unjustifiable and then trying to stop it.

    /How does anyone know about the treasure archive if no one is allowed to see it? Dan Brown?

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