I suppose it had to happen eventually – The International Feldenkrais Federation Distribution Center (IFF-DC) filed a claim with YouTube and asked them to take down clips that were posted by Paul Doron and a few others. The clips were of Moshe Feldenkrais at the Amherst Training in the early 1980’s.
I guess its all part of a secret plan to help make Moshe’s work popular, by keeping it a secret? (Apparently, parasitic action takes legal forms as well.)
No One Benefits From Hiding Moshe
Though I understand the desire to protect the copyrights, there does not seem to be a plan by the IFF about how to use the materials for the betterment of the community and to grow the work.
Moshe’s work – all of our work – becomes more powerful and more valuable the more it is known. Is that not obvious in the internet age? Who is a better spokesmen for the method than the man, himself? His ideas – and your ideas – and your student’s ideas – can be broadcast worldwide at the click of a button. And this a bad thing?! Something that we need to protect ourselves from?
According to the IFF website (http://feldenkrais-method.org/en/node/1943) one of the purposes of the IFF is:
To collect and archive the legacy of educational materials developed by Moshe Feldenkrais and make this heritage available to all teachers of the Method.(3,4)
Nope. Wrong phrasing. Here’s a more useful one:
To collect and archive and share the legacy of educational materials developed by Moshe Feldenkrais and his students and make this heritage available to all teachers of the Method for the betterment of their practices and the growth of the method.
For any system to develop there needs to be a balance between stability and change. New forms cannot develop from rigid control. Exploring the environment and the options that it holds for action is part and parcel of development. There is no substitute for this type of experience.
Not devising a way for the materials to be shared on the web protects no one – not the original copyright holder, nor the IFF, nor the Guilds and certainly not you or I. The more people see the videos the more they want to try the work. The more they understand the ideas, the more they will want to learn them. Stopping them from being seen stops them from being a catalyst for change.
And again, this does not benefit the original copyright holder, nor the IFF, nor the Guilds and certainly not you or I.
Who then does it benefit?
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