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  • Writer's picturePeter K F Cheung SBS

An Intermediary

  1. FADE IN.

  2. Act 1


  4. PETER is typing on his smartphone.

  5. PETER (V.O.): Today, I'm going to answer questions posed by Quorans.

  6. Checking.

  7. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): For the last two days, I've other priorities and haven't responded to any answer requests.

  8. Pausing.

  9. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): My value is that if Quorans care to ask me questions, I'm committed to responding to them. I feel like their KOL or mentor.

  10. Checking.

  11. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): There're other Quorans who regularly share my answers in their "Spaces" so that their followers can share my thoughts as well.

  12. Pausing.

  13. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): When I re-read those referred answers, I find them particularly good and are worth the third-party endorsement.

  14. Act 2


  16. Peter reads other answer requests.

  17. PETER (V.O.): An unfamiliar Quoran asks me if I'd like to create a web page in a certain online platform to monetize my creativity.

  18. Pausing.

  19. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I haven't heard of such an intermediary before. What is it?

  20. Peter researches with his smartphone.

  21. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): It's an online matching platform for its subscribers, from content providers to content users, in cyber space.

  22. Thinking,

  23. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I create my works for the sake of creativity. Creativity is in me and I shouldn't waste it.

  24. Pausing.

  25. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): As a copyright man, I'm creating and expanding my copyright repertoire which may be valuable especially when I'm gone.

  26. Pausing.

  27. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Apart from my time and intellectual effort, I haven't incurred any expense in my creative endeavour.

  28. Pausing.

  29. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): The websites I created and my publications in social media are all free of charge.

  30. Pausing.

  31. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): If my works are wanted, the potential licencees and assignees can come to me direct. Why should I subscribe to an intermediary?

  32. Recalling.

  33. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Upon retirement in 2014, I wrote a feature screenplay called "24 Hours Before & After", documenting my mood from my last work day to my first retiring day.

  34. Recalling.

  35. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): To see if my screenplay was any good, I submitted it to compete in various forums in US in 2015. I had to pay entry fees.

  36. Recalling.

  37. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): My experience was that I was throwing good money after bad. But such annual screenplay competition businesses continue.

  38. Recalling.

  39. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I've decided that if I'm going to make movies of my screenplays, I'll do everything myself.

  40. Peter types his answer on his smartphone.

  41. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I've explained to the Quoran that I don't need such an intermediary. I prefer a thoroughfare.

  42. Later, Peter sees a comment on his answer.

  43. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): The Quoran suggests my joining the online platform's Gold Plan as the fees payable is minimal. OMG!

  44. Pausing.

  45. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): The answer request is a marketing ploy in disguise. I don't think it's a good marketing strategy.

  46. Thinking.

  47. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Incidentally, such online platforms have become the virtu of centralised copyright intermediaries.

  48. Act 3


  50. Sitting on a sofa, Peter is in thoughts.

  51. PETER (V.O.): There's money in virtual connectivity.

  52. Pausing.

  53. PETER (V.O.) : In the past, conventional centralised intermediaries were locally-based. Now, the online ones' model have scaled up the business.

  54. Pausing.

  55. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): While creators may need financial support to sustain their creative endeavours, entrepreneurs are quick to capitalize on their dreams.

  56. Sighing.

  57. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Creators' skill can't just be confined to creativity. They should also be creative in their business development.

  58. Pausing.

  59. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Meanwhile, a Quoran's insincerity has dampened my mood in entertaining other Quorans.

  60. Peter watches TV.

  61. FADE OUT

  62. THE END

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