Poorly researched, and fallacious, op-ed rant.
"vanity work", um, this is the web we are talking about. Everything is about ego here, unless you are anonymous. Oh, you're not...
@charles eicher, @kenBW2:
"with the notable exception of Ito's own copyrighted portrait","On another note, he's being a tad hypocritical not CC'ing his own portait is he not?"
No. It was definitely a poor choice, as there are a ton of CCd images of Ito out there he could have used, but it is not hypocritical for him to choose a picture of himself by A PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHER as the photo to represent himself.
It is of him but not by him. And as such the rights, CCd or otherwise, belong with the photographer, not Ito.
Simply clicking though would have got you to the actual photographers bio.
"Sean Wood is an Australian born Art Director and Photographer Living and working in Tokyo"
But I guess those three clicks were too much research effort.
@charles eichner, @et. al.:
"This book would not have been possible without copyrights."
True. But from what you have written it is true for a reason I doubt you can understand.
CC is BUILT ON the existing copyright law system. It is merely an extension of it.
CC could not exist AT ALL without copyright.
CC was created to give "content creators", artists etc., the ability to have a more graduated set options than just Public Domain (Free for all) and Copyright (ask, and pay, the copyright holder, for distribution and use).
Simply looking at the CC website tells you that. I assume you went to the site? Guess not.
Conflating media piracy and CC is intellectually dishonest and yet another straw-man.
I doubt Microsoft and IBM, both supporters of CC, would support any pro-piracy organisation.
"Copyright allows the artist to reserve his right to sell his photographs in galleries, while licensing publication rights to a publishing house."
Apart from the dishonesty in comparing candid photography by an amateur with studio photography of a professional, your statement is a ridiculous straw-man.
CC ALSO allows an artist to "reserve his right to sell his photographs in galleries, while licensing publication rights to a publishing house".
And then "The publisher distributed dozens of free preview copies to assess demand" actually shows the potential behind the idea of CC. Why go to all that cost instead of publishing them online in Flickr under a by-nc-nd license and seeing if the pictures appear in the 'most interesting'?
I guess that would letting the plebs decide its value and importance, and not some "self-appointed" photography "aristocrats". [Look. I can do ad hominem too.]
@charles eicher, @Neil Woolford:
"using a Photoshop effect known as the "Leica Look.""
Unfortunately this does not exist. It is yet another ad hominem argument.
Ito got the coveted "Leica Look" by the much simpler, but more expensive, method of using a Leica M8.
Of course, this information is CLEARLY VISIBLE on the Flickr page for each photo.
If you love copyright so much then fine, use it.
But CC poses NO THREAT to copyright. It CAN NOT and WILL NOT replace copyright.
If you had bothered to do even 5 minutes of research you would have found that out.