You live in a world that is obsessed with the concept of ownership. Every day, people in your world secure ownership over things they create, extending these securities well past their own deaths simply to make sure that they own their ideas. In doing so, they fail to release their ideas and material into a public setting to be altered and improved upon by others, as has been done across all civilizations for the past thousands of years. And because they feel the need to hold such a tight grip over their content, they are choking off cultural development and the evolution of civilization.
Copyright law and other such programs can, when used effectively, help regulate such an economy of ideas. This is not what is currently happening. Instead, content creators in the modern era find themselves limited by the “look but don’t touch” policy that mainstream media companies have regarding the work they own. Those same companies then proceed to buy not only smaller media companies, but the work and image of prevalent content creators. Those media companies which constitute an oligopoly of the mainstream creative society have, in effect, put a headlock on culture as a whole.
The following is an attempt to rectify this. In exchange for the open disregard of copyright law and the privatization of ideas, a team of amateur artists will remain anonymous and forfeit all ownership of the work they create using this material. They will be testing the limits of what can be done when ideas and content are allowed to flow freely in a modern setting, when concepts and images are no longer allowed to be owned and distributed exclusively for profit.
The images this project creates will not be made using exclusively copyright-protected material. Instead, the resources gathered and used in this project will be selected indiscriminately, without regards to the protection it has. If the content creator makes the work publicly available, it’s fair game.
This post will be added onto (and possibly reblogged) as events come up and circumstances change, as it is meant to be a description of the project (in all respects, a mission statement).
This is Sans Thought.