Saturday, November 15, 2008

My posting this week is a little late. The end of the semester is fast approaching, meaning other projects are taking up more of my time. I still have not abandoed my blogging duties, only put them off.

One of the information literacy standards involves consideration of ethical use of proprietary software. As fun as it might be to download mp3s and software, according to the law it is illegal. I think that if I developed something or wrote a song and someone took it from my without compensation or even credit, I would be a little upset.
Does the digital native designation consider ethical issues? To put it another way, do young people still buy CDs or just download music from somewhere? Do they even consider it a crime?

Here is a slideshow titled "The Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Media Literacy Education" which discusses this issue.



Yan Huang said...

I am not a fan of copyright, to tell the truth. I just want to say that I am not denying that copyright is can stimulate your creativity because what you created will not discourage by copycats. However, it severely discourages other's to improve your achievements.

When the American just founded, they have no literature of their own. The writer at that time imitated the style of English and French counterparts. And they can evolve into the American Literature. If, say, at that time, it has tight copyright codes, I do think the American literature will die in the cradle. And the Xerox machine is an example, the company had a tight patent code and therefore other companies can not go to copy machine industry. So I think it is not a good idea that a tight copyright code...

The fair use of Media Literacy Education can certainly reduce teachers’ fear use of it. I love the statement in the video that "the benefits of the society outweighs the cost of copyright code".

Kevin Forgard said...

As far as copyright goes, I am defiantly against it when its used from a greed standpoint. For instance, the song 'Happy Birthday' is copyrighted so its is illegal to sing the song publicly unless you pay the writer (now long dead), which means paying some greedy company.
However, if I wrote a song and someone took my idea, making lots of money in the process and not even acknowledging me, I would be a little upset.