The first thing to understand about Kickstarter is that it doesn’t own your rights.
The way you can get on board is to sign up and donate to the campaign.
The campaign’s goal is to get you involved in the process by helping to fund a Kickstarter campaign for the rights to a copyrighted work or song.
The campaign’s creator, Nick Wileman, is a longtime fan of intellectual property and has worked to protect the rights of musicians, authors, and film producers.
His company, the Creative Commons Foundation, provides legal and financial advice to artists, and he is the inventor of the Creative Cloud.
Kickstarter, by contrast, is an organization run by a bunch of people who have no business knowledge of the law, and who are not bound by the same rights that the creators of the work or music themselves have.
“I was interested in Kickstarter because of their openness and ability to raise money,” Wilem said in an interview.
“I was looking for a way to do something similar to a startup.”
Wileman realized that the campaign was a good fit for the company’s mission and the company began its own intellectual property protection project.
“They’ve got a really strong platform to make sure that they’re not infringing on people’s rights,” he said.
“It’s a really big concern for the industry.”
Kickstarter doesn’t have the ability to sue someone if they infringe its work.
If someone wants to use your work, they have to pay royalties and get permission to do so.
But if they want to use something that is protected by intellectual property laws, Kickstarter is willing to defend those rights and help protect the creators.
“We do have a pretty strong legal foundation that protects their rights,” Wilesman said.
Wilem and the other founders of Creative Commons have had a good run with Kickstarter, which they say has made them a major force in the copyright industry.
“Creative Commons has been instrumental in the industry in making the Internet more open and more transparent, and we’re still working on that,” Wisher said.
“The whole concept of Kickstarter is really that if you have a platform where you can raise money and you can put your creative vision into the hands of people that are willing to share it, then you’ve got the potential to make the world a better place,” he added.
“That’s what Kickstarter is all about.”
While the crowdfunding platform is more accessible than a traditional startup, it is not free from risks.
Kickstarter has raised some big-name investors, including Founders Fund, Sequoia Capital, and Andreessen Horowitz.
It is also currently facing lawsuits from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and other groups over its policy on using the crowdfunding system to circumvent copyright law.
Wilesman hopes that crowdfunding can lead to new opportunities for creators.
“The whole thing is really about a shared sense of responsibility,” he told me.
“Kickstarter is really giving creators a place where they can be creative, to be creative and not be afraid to say no to copyright holders.
And hopefully that can change the way the industry looks at intellectual property.”
Kickstart’s Intellectual Content Defense Fund works with creative content creators, musicians, and filmmakers to take on legal challenges against companies like Warner Bros., Universal, and Disney.
The fund has raised more than $150,000 for artists, writers, and others to defend their rights.
Wiles and his fellow founders are also working to protect writers like David Foster Wallace and William Gibson from lawsuits that have been filed against them.
Wileyman has seen the crowdfunding model change how he views copyright law and copyright enforcement.
“When I started [creating the fund] in 2005, I was very interested in being involved in copyright,” he recalled.
“But in 2012, I started looking at the whole legal aspect of it, and I realized that this is the way we need to do it.”
Kickstarters’ intellectual property is more than intellectual property.
It also protects the creative process.
If a creator believes a work has been infringed on, the creators have a legal way to take the work offline and stop the infringement.
They can also sue to get the rights back.
Wishers work has focused on protecting the rights and the creative processes of artists, as well as on helping creators find other crowdfunding options.
He has helped creators secure funding for a music video, and has helped to fund the legal defense of several movie and television projects.
“If the creative community can make money, we can all do more for our future,” he explained.
“We’re trying to build something for creators to do.”
KickStarter’s Intellectual Rights Defense Fund has funded more than 600 projects that have taken place on Kickstarter, with more than 100 of those being on its site.
Wilemans work has helped protect the creative work of artists like David Bowie, Maren Morris, and John Williams.