Why do those in charge of the laws of Copyright and intellectual property and patents continue to get things so wrong? Everything is a remix, as the video states. Look at Disney. Which popular Disney flick actually came from their own ideas? Not any of the princess series, that’s for sure. But look at how closely they guard that now. I hope we continue to see this content created to share Creative Commons and common sense laws for Copyright.
Gosh, if we had more folks like Lessig preaching the good things and exposing the corruption, maybe things would not be the way they are. This video, while lengthy, definitely warrants your time if you appreciate freedom and seeing the corruption in government.
So quite the exciting week…with the SOPA/PIPA blackout. So good to see so many major sites like Wikipedia close down for the day. We did our part, here at K-12 Open Source Classroom, going dark for the day on January 18th. I hope each of you took the time to email your Congressman/woman. I would say many of us did, as so many members of Congress really distanced themselves fro these bills. Hopefully that will be the end, but if we know the recording industry, they will try to sneak it again at some point. Constant Vigilance!
I do like the article below that TechDirt ran. Seems RIAA and MPAA are crying foul that they have no way to reach all these people like the Internet can. Hmm…whose fault is it you did not change your business model back in the 90s? You could be right in on all this, but no, you decided to sue people. Oh, and since you own tv, your silent news coverage, or non coverage, is pretty loud and clear too.
In my previous post about the threatening bills SOPA and PIPA (and no, not Kate’s wild sister), I expressed my concerns over how they could lead to loss of freedom for Americans. Now, I ran across something equally as troubling, but I am quite proud for this person who stood up to the system.
We hear all the time about how trial lawyers (Democrats) should be reigned in and settlements for negligence lowered. But when you look at it on the most basic level, don’t:
So the real difference in them is who they work for, right? We have a lousy system for identifying Copyright infringement. No proof is needed to send a Cease and Desist letter to someone. At our school, we have had one sent to us for a clearly Copyrighted letter shared on a teacher’s Moodle page, but most times, it is much more gray than that. YouTube handles it the same way–pulling down a video without question, if a takedown notice is issued. Innocent until proven guilty, indeed.
So enter the story about beer. A brewery in San Antonio uses the name Hopasaurus Rex in it’s brewing process. A brewery in Oregon hears about this, and immediately sends a C&D letter, since they have a beer under the same name. Definitely would effect their sales, as a lot of people in San Antonio go to Oregon for BEER!. So what does the San Antonio brewery do? Just cease and move on? No…they reply with the BEST letter ever…and it makes quite a lot of sense. Read it over at: http://www.edibleapple.com/2012/01/13/best-letter-ever-written-to-a-lawyer/ Good for them! Looks like I will need to buy some beer from Freetail!
On this blog, we always try to share free and open ways of using tools for productivity and education in the classroom. Much of what we do with the blog, with the tools, and eventually what you do in your class with students relies on an open internet and open tools. Congress, though, backed by the media moguls is trying to stop this freedom. Something they did not even create, they are trying to conform to their 20th Century business model.
The Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Protect IP Act (PIPA) are Hollywood’s way to stop piracy of software, movies, and music. They could care less what that does about our freedoms, they just want to limit the ability to pirate their content. On the one hand, I cannot blame them. Piracy is real, does cost them money, but on the other hand, change your business model. Be like the other industries who had to think outside the box.
This gives a good explanation of the situation:
So Congress may finally be getting the message…as companies across the country have been weighing in, along with the general public. All amazing, considering the major media companies, NBC, Fox, etc, all have not been reporting on it, since it would potential help them. Fair and Balanced, indeed. Many major websites will go blank on January 18th in protest, possibly even including Wikipedia.
As educators, look at what you hope to do with children. We live in an age of focusing on content creation. What do they do with that content? How often does it involve mashups? How many times on this site alone did we look into Creative Commons, mashups, and things of that nature? Do we really want someone coming along changing those rules? Changing how we can embed video content on Moodle, blogs, Google Docs, etc? Now is the time…reflect on how you use the Internet, and let your congressmen know!