A couple of days ago Israeli President Shimon Peres has launched his very own YouTube channel. While this is a great idea, it allows me the opportunity to demonstrate more evidence that Israel is stuck in the 1990’s:
The President’s press office took the initiative to mark every single video as ‘all right reserved‘. Legally this means you may be allowed to watch the videos, but probably not to show them in a classroom and most definitely not to sample or re-edit them.
The American President also has a YouTube channel, but it is clearly marked ‘public domain‘. This means anyone can use its content in any way they see fit: watch it, show it, embed it, mix it, basically do everything with it without asking for any permission and with no need to credit the original work.
Of course ‘all rights reserved’ and ‘public domain’ are not the only options. The Creative Commons initiative enables anyone to choose just the right license for their work and allow certain uses of it while forbidding certain others. Unfortunately, while the president across the pond clearly shows 21st century mentality when it comes to sharing, most people around here do not – and apparently this goes up to Israel’s number one citizen.
Another major difference between the Israeli President and his American counterpart, is that while Obama knows enough not to wing it and almost always works off a script – Peres apparently ad-libs his messages. This results in his Hanukkah video containing the following phrase: “There are many dangers, like the Iranians”.
While the Iranian regime might be harmful, the Iranians people are clearly not. In fact we were BFFs back in the days.
Update: You can read this post in Hebrew here.