Following on after my first Raven King adventure,
I heard much talk of SecondLife and YouTube Copyright useage, how many people are confused about these issues.
So, i consulted The Raven King once again, and he fist sent me the following poem, and later agreed to appear in a short film, explaining the term of service and of Copyright contract rights, I am deeply grateful to him for clearing these matters up.
So many here have spoken of their terror and dismay,
Over copyright useage at your You Tube today,
Over the Terms and Conditions with which they may,
Make, share and render the adventures that they,
Have thought, seen and constructed in Our Second Life far away.
Here today I shall tell you as clear as i'm able,
Of the Copyright Contract and its origin in fable,
Of how you may use the dreams that you choose,
And of your ultimate liability should you ever refuse...
It began Once Upon A Time with the mysterious Hermes Trismegistus,
He was thrice great and knew, as did the Mathe-Magician PyThagA-Gorus,
That a Contract in Law is an 'Abominable Vow'
And a Magical Contract beyond all learning anyhow...
Yet even these ancients did sometimes they find,
That a Copyright Contract sharp wits could unbind,
So in the late 16thCentury MephIsTophEles did decree,
That a High Mage of The Magic Circle, London, could bind even unwilling clients, Indeed.
So here is your summary of your Copyright Clause,
Of the use You may make of visions allegedly 'Yours'..
Torn Out from Our OtherLands, Second Life beyond There and Blue Mars,,
Listen carefully to this Contract lest in breach you be barred.
Of The Copyright Licence with its Terms and Conditions,
We, The Aforementioned Forces do now grant to You,
A Licence to capture your pictures and filmings,
A Licence to use these in All future scheemings,
But A Licence with Conditions, be sure you dont fail them.....
The Conditions as follows im sure you'll agree,
Are the kindest, most generous, that ever could be.....
To Allow You your useage of All that You made,
In perpetuity ad infinitum, we shall be obeyed,
For Our Dominium ex cathedra of your bonum operatatis,
We Award Ourselves complete Over Rights and Tallis Qualitatis.
Yor Licence to View, and by 'Your' we mean 'You'..
And of View we do refference 'eyes', or whatever will do..
But contrariwise share, if ever you dare,
Just remember, 'We' Own Your product, so share with a care-
This Ownership we grant is a convoluted matter,
So I will now expand and thus make it flatter,
In regard of All Others to whom you display work in question,
You must beg the 'owners' permission, and proclaim their intention.
You need not in Blood get their pledge of Allowance,
Shall suffice Our Own Title, sub nomine ad infiniteum,
Be however forwarned that if 'They', 'We', or 'Other',
Withdraw, Change, or Edit, Your Licence is Nuller.
Transgress and Your entrance my be ever denied,
You shall turn into a Frog, and Your teeth shall be fried!
To be simple and plain then, I re-paraphrase,
To 'image' Sight, Sound, or Texture, in various ways,
Petition the Licensee, the aparent new 'Owner',
But the inatngible Truth that I tell you this day,
Is that All works in Perpetuity, belong to the Fae.
Mutatis Mutandis, such as they may,
On Your Copyright Law, now I have had my say.
(said The Raven King)
Origional poem Celestial Elf 2010.
Hope that this is all now clear.
Some enquiries have been made as to the legallity of The Raven King's claims in this poem & film, therefore i now publish the following disclaimer;This disclaimer does not cover misuse, accident, lightning, flood, tornado, tsunami, volcanic eruption, earthquake, hurricanes and other Acts of God, neglect, damage from improper reading, incorrect line voltage, improper or unauthorized use, broken antenna or marred cabinet, missing or altered serial numbers, removal of tag, electromagnetic radiation from nuclear blasts, sonic boom, crash, ship sinking or taking on water, motor vehicle crashing, dropping the item, falling rocks, leaky roof, broken glass, mud slides, forest fire, or projectile (which can include, but not be limited to, arrows, bullets, shot, BB’s, paintball, shrapnel, lasers, napalm, torpedoes, or emissions of X-rays, Alpha, Beta and Gamma rays, knives, stones, etc.). No license, express or implied, by estoppel or otherwise, to any Intellectual property rights are granted herein. Celestial Elf disclaims all liability, including liability for infringement of any proprietary rights, relating to use of information in this specification.The reader is advised that third parties may have intellectual property rights that may be relevant to this document and the technologies discussed herein, and is advised to seek the advice of competent legal counsel, without obligation. DISCLAIMER: THE PROPOSALS/SPECULATIONS AND CONJECTURES HEREIN ARE PROVIDED "AS IS" WITHOUT ANY EXPRESS OR IMPLIED MEANING OF ANY KIND INCLUDING MEANING OF MERCHANTABILITY, NONINFRINGEMENT OF INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY, OR FITNESS FOR ANY PARTICULAR PURPOSE. IN NO EVENT SHALL CELESTIAL ELF BE LIABLE FOR ANY DAMAGES WHATSOEVER (INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, DAMAGES FOR LOSS OF PROFITS, BUSINESS INTERRUPTION, LOSS OF INFORMATION) ARISING OUT OF THE READING AND/OR APPLICATION OF, OR INABILITY TO READ OR APPLY THE MATERIALS. BECAUSE SOME JURISDICTIONS PROHIBIT THE EXCLUSION OR LIMITATION OF LIABILITY FOR CONSEQUENTIAL OR INCIDENTAL DAMAGES, THE ABOVE LIMITATION MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU, THEREFORE IF YOU ARE STILL UNCLEAR, PLEASE CONSULT YOUR LEGAL ATTORNEY OR SIMILAR.
There I think that should cover it :)
I have been so Inspired by Susanna Clarkes novel of English Magic and her evocation of the enigmatic Raven King John Uskglass, that i sent an email via her publisher for permission to use the character in my own 'machinima' (machine-cinema ie films made in virtual worlds, in this case Second Life) & am delighted to say that she has graciously granted her permission.
So then I set about writing a poem to include The Raven King but based around my own adventure of a Fox which i would set to film....
Here is my poem,The Raven King & Captain Fox
Here is a tale of a magical fox,
A foxes tale wove upon Olde English Magic...
Here, Hurtfew Forest, is the place of the telling,
Here is the space of the story, of the magic, the spelling...
Trouncing triumph, through eastlight and spritely,
Whirling wild in the whisper of winds,
Mid sometime squirling of scatterleaf flightly,
Captain Fox beserk Birdles, of beserkitude sings...
With earwide he harkened to hunt call now shrieking,
Of Trolls in snakerythmn, all snap-crunch-delight,
They clawed and they fluttered, gulping day, spewing night!
As shadows flash sudden fox swiveled with eyebright,
As cydonian butterflies, all charred in flee flight,
And trees flapped in anquish as the sky fell again,
it was a terrible plight.
Like the moondog of intention, Captain Fox fiercely, blithely,
Mid charge of the double bass, woo twirling Troll types,
Invoked The Raven King's sanctle, the spirod dismantle,
Summoned the secret King's magic in this midnight of ice.
Calling out to the sharp beak, the black eye, the greene blood,
To the master of symmetry dancing outside of time,
To the guardian of knowing, to John Uskglass I do now ask, this one task,
Aid me and i bid welcome, my heart ever thine...
Black Raven Bright Raven tore through the heavens,
His claws clamour caws calling over earth stalling,
Searing as Raven begat Raven of moonlight,
Soul rending magic as his mantle did fill...
Sharpeyed as a needle and swifter than eagle,
The Raven King grew out of Fox' invitation,
In the Tower of Becoming he betook him John Uskgill...
Like a Lord in a fable, towards earth he now fell.
Crying out in a loud voice, holding creation in his choice,
Said The Raven King with eyes all a flame,
In the tongues of the unamed quoth The Raven in his vien,
Who Wherefore, And What-Wither that implores outside of Yore?!
I Can, I May, I Shall, I Will, It Is Done! said he in an avian verse,
It Is Done! It Is Done! and he struck the bell of morn dawning,
And he laughed in the soft light as the demons did sperse,
And he laughed and he danced as Captain Fox he transverced,
And he vanisshed in a cloud that was nothing more....
The Foxsome did gambol, cavort and preamble,
Midst Elysian fields that The Raven King wrought,
In the dawnlight and brightly with joy and delight he,
As Raven had taught he, feared Troll tyrants nevermore....
This tale of Captain Fox and his tryst with the Trolls,
And the Cumbrian magic of The Raven King's lore,
Is now told and its done and Captain Fox no more run,
And The Raven King hovers just outside of sight,
ever vigilant, true, and bright...
My thanks for your patience, your attention and invention,
For, wihout imagination this story could not see...
But, lighting your lamp of heartfelt suspension,
Has crossed the Rainbow Bridge of believing between you and me.
Origional poem © celestial elf 2010
Inspired by Susanna Clarke's Magical Novel Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell featuring The Raven King...
Then I went on to make my short film & here it is...
Hoping that you may enjoy my Raven King adventures as much as i have in the making of them.
As soon as I fall in love with a book or show I start unconsciously compiling a playlist for it. I'm not sure why, but even after nearly six years with JS&MN this is still the hardest time I've ever had putting together an FST. The process was probably made more difficult by my avoidance of period music; I assume most of us could find some nice Regency-style waltzes and party tunes, so I focused on hunting down tracks outside of that genre while still not being too 'out there.' I'm not sure how successful it is, so let me know if ya'll have any suggestions or a personal mix!( Download links, art, and tracklisting below the cutCollapse )
Some fanart for ( Mr. Simonelli or The Fairy WidowerCollapse )
Like JS&MN, I find that I appreciate Ladies of Grace Adieu
more every time I read it. This time around I was extremely amused by Mr. Simonelli, including his matter-of-fact description of Dido Puddifer's ... assets.
Scholar; Anglican priest; English on his mother's side, supernatural on his father's and Italian on neither; totally insufferable to almost everybody except women -- whom he has no idea
how to handle -- obviously, Alessandro is hilarious. Because he's so stuffy, his type of character is greatest when put in awkward, miserable, or difficult situations.
Fortunately that's just what Susanna Clarke does. Constantly. And I love her for it.
I recently re-read, and did a few sketches while I had the book open. I've already started coloring the one of Maria Absalom, and will color the Gentleman with the Thistledown Hair as well.
full images [here
] @ prettybird_icon
Of all the foolish things Mr. Norrell has ever done, the most foolish was to reject the service of John Childermass.( Box and bloodCollapse )
After what seems like years and years now of rather rabid JSMN fandom, I finally had the motivation to draw some fanart, as a gift for a friend this past holiday season. Unfortunately, I had to do it rather quickly, with the result that nooooobody actually looks how I think they do (especially Jonathan *wince*), with the exception of Childermass, who was drawn the most quickly of anyone. Go figure. But I still enjoyed the overall look of the picture, and thought it would be fun to post.( Arabella, Jonathan, the Raven King, and ChildermassCollapse )
Thanks for looking!
The perspective on this annoys me a little bit, and I'm not quite satisfied with Mr. Norrell, but I was pretty happy with Jonathan Strange, and that's all that I really wanted to draw in the first place. :D
Drawing fanart for this book is really a pain in the butt, especially because I'm American, I don't live in an old house, we have almost no antiques... In other words, I spent hours looking up clothing, furniture, architecture, hairstyles, etc. that would have been approximately appropriate for the time and setting of the book. Maybe next time I'll stick to drawing faces...
Well, without further ado, I present: "Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell Studying in the Parlour" Click for Full Size