My son and I went to see “The Social Network” – the story of Facebook and co-founder Mark Zuckerberg.  When I Tweeted that I didn’t know the history of Facebook and found the movie interesting, a follower was quick to point out that this movie was more story than history and not overly accurate.

In an article by The New York Times, entitled No Stopping Movie View of Mark Zuckerberg , they say:

The film’s truthfulness, however, has been strongly questioned in forums like Slate, the online magazine, and The New Republic .

Many of those who know Mr. Zuckerberg argue that it is inaccurate in significant ways. David Kirkpatrick, who wrote a company-authorized history of Facebook titled “The Facebook Effect,” said, “The reality is, it’s a really good movie — however, it’s not a true story.” Mr. Kirkpatrick has written critically about the movie on the Web site The Daily Beast.

The article has an interesting analysis of what legal recourse might be available for the less than documentary portrayal that many people seeing it believe to be “the true story” as well as the potential implications for Facebook if the movie continues to grow in popularity.  Interesting – CLICK HERE TO READ IT.

Of course, as I am apt to do, I found something in the movie that reminded me of art licensing and thought I’d share my thoughts.  In one scene, Napster founder asks Mark Zuckerberg if he’s ever seen a fisherman with a photo of the 14 trout he caught in a day.  No, of course not.  Fishermen keep photos of the big Marlins – not the many small fish.  So he then asks – do you want Facebook to be a Marlin or trout?

Not being a fisher-woman myself, I still found this to be an interesting analogy.

Who are the artists in licensing catching the Marlins and who are getting trout?

Who are you?

  • If you are just getting started, you are basically shopping for gear – the pole, the bait, finding the place to cast your line.  You are learning about how to create the art, who to contact, what to create.
  • If you’ve been in licensing a while and have licensed products featuring your art, you are certainly collecting trout.  (That’s where I put myself.)

But how do you get the Marlin?? Is there a magic formula, some secret fishing hole that only a select few know about… I don’t think so.  I believe the secret to getting the Marlin is consistent and persistent hard work – both on the art and the business. That is what we are striving to do at – provide valuable tools for artists getting started and catching trout – to help you improve your chances of getting that big fish for your business.

If you want to get your mp3 replays of the hour long Ask Call audios from some artists who have caught the proverbial “Big Fish” of art licensing –  Paul Brent, Mary Engelbreit and Dena of Dena Designs – click the links below.  They are free once you sign up.

Paul Brent will be doing the October 20, 2010 call so be sure to submit your questions today and mark your calendar to listen!  (details at

In case you haven’t seen it, here’s the trailer for the movie.

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Here’s to your creative success!

– Tara Reed

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