Month 11- Media Asset Creation – Week One Discussion

Definition of COPYRIGHT

: the exclusive legal right to reproduce, publish, sell, or distribute the matter and form of something (as a literary, musical, or artistic work) ~ retrieved from Merriam-Webster Dictionary.
 

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Creative Commons retrieved from 
http://www.flickr.com/photos/mikeblogs/3020966500/sizes/m/in/photostream/

The readings and videos this week were very enlightening.  As a Marketing Director for a local firm, we are continually confronted with copyright issues for our clients in our designs and in regards to others using their works, images, logos, etc.

The videos and discussions we viewed were very interesting.  I did enjoy the documentary “Good Copy/Bad Copy” in the sampling of music in rap music and remember clearly the Vanilla Ice controversy in regards to him sampling the Under Pressure rift created by David Bowe and Freddie Mercury.  I recall contemplating at that time what the issue was and now have a better understanding how sampling can be seen as stealing, which is illegal.

The 10 Myths of Copyrights 

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as displayed by Professor Bustillos via YouTube video “Copyright Part 2- Basics & Myths”

retrieved from http://www.templeton.com/brad/copyrightmyths.html

Reviewing the “10 Myths of Copyrights” was a great refresher course and I look forward to delving more into this subject.  As the internet continues to grow, I think policing copyright issues will become stronger and more people will take heed to get copyright approval to use materials online to avoid the issues related to using copyrighted material.  I also feel that more people will create more things in a creative commons atmosphere to help each other contribute to their artist abilities.

 

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11 thoughts on “Month 11- Media Asset Creation – Week One Discussion

  1. Like you Angeli I found the videos and reading this week very in-depth and awakening with what we can and cannot use. Working as you do in a local firm do you find the designs people want to use often have traces of something we have all seen before? Before my teaching I was a nurseryman and we grew and propagated named varieties of plants. The Plant breeder rights are similar to © that we see on items. I in fact applied as I had developed a new plant and had to not only grow the plant for three years to show it was different, but also then fill out forms etc. to register the plant. I did in fact end up using an agency, as it was again a minefield of small discretions that could so easily trip the untrained person. The myths are what we hear all the time, and explaining to young people that it is wrong and they will get into trouble is hard to get them to fully understand. I am pleased that plagiarism is discussed in schools much more than it was. Maybe we also need to introduce lessons on copyright earlier too.

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  2. Angeli,

    It’s interesting to me that you feel, after watching the videos, that policing of pirated materials will increase and more people will try to get copyright approval.

    I had rather the opposite impression. That just as prohibition was a losing battle, copyright policing in the age of the Internet is nearly impossible. First there is the fact that so much stuff is automatically copyrighted with little to no action required on the part of the producer. The Read Write web allows many more people to be producers and publishers of content than in times past. That content can then be dispersed globally with the click of a mouse.

    You make a good point about the Creative Commons atmosphere fostering creativity. I know that I am grateful to the people who post photos online with cc licensing because I’ve used a lot of cc licensed images during this program!

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  3. Angeli,

    It’s interesting to me that you feel policing of pirated materials will increase and more people will try to get copyright approval. What parts of the videos most powerfully convinced you of this?

    I had rather the opposite impression–that just as prohibition was a losing battle, copyright policing in the age of the Internet is nearly impossible. First there is the fact that so much stuff is automatically copyrighted with little to no action required on the part of the producer. The Read Write web allows many more people to be producers and publishers of content than in times past. And then there’s the reality that content can then be dispersed globally with just the click of a mouse.

    There’s a saying that goes something like, “You can expect what you inspect.” It’s hard to police copyright compliance. Even in schools I think some educators ignore copyright issues because it is confusing. They are not sure what to tell their students, and they know that it is very unlikely that anyone will ever notice or call into question what they or their students are doing.

    You make a good point about the Creative Commons atmosphere fostering creativity. I know that I am grateful to the people who post photos online with cc licensing because I’ve used a lot of cc licensed images during this program!

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  4. Angeli-

    It would be interesting to hear more on your professional experience. It is very hard to come up with something completely new in marketing. Currently, I am trying to work out a logo for my daughter, mostly because in creating a brand it does provide more exposure opportunities to sponsors and potential sponsors. This presents interesting problems because you want to make something very identifiable yet unlike anyone else’s logo. THAT IS SO HARD. You also have no idea, if they haven’t registered them, who is creating their own logos in other states that may be similar to your own unless you run into them along the way. I recently saw something about this in the news where a company decided to franchise in a state with a name/logo of a business already existing there. Then what? You definitely are required to monitor changes in legislation and legal precedent as it comes up!

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  7. Angeli Chin,

    Great post about copyright. I think sampling can be illegal in some instances. There have been some samples that I have heard in the past especially electronic music samples that I think are legal because they sound very different from the original work. On the other hand, there are some instances where the remix of a song sounds too similar to the original song and could be considered illegal.

    I also like how you posted the Myths of Copyrights. What really stood out to me from all of those myths is the number 1 myth which states, “If it doesn’t have a copyright notice, it’s not copyrighted.” I think many people fall into that myth. Nowadays, there are so many copyright labels on everything that people think if an image does not have a copyright then it must be fine to use that image. The other myth that stood out to me from that list is number 2 which states, “If I don’t charge for it, it’s not violation.” I think many people fall into that myth because it does not seem like anything is being violated if no one is making a profit.

    Marie Therese Lawlor

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  8. Angeli,
    Good recap of the material! I have to ask a similar question to Carol. I believe that society is moving more towards a larger rift on this matter, with corporations/ those making money from copyright laws on one side and the public on the other. I agree that more people will (and seem to be) using Creative Commons, and that is a step in the right direction, but, as we are seeing in other areas of our society and economy, the general public is not going to continue to stand for the rampant fleecing we have been taking at the hand (or should I say pocketbook) of large corporations that own these copyrights and are holding art, information, history, progress and lessons and our future hostage, limiting access to only those who can afford to pay.

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  11. Great overview of the materials covered in this week’s videos. I’d love to hear your experiences dealing with the problem of coming up with branding and logos with clients who might be eager to use other’s work but would probably defend their own all the way to the supreme court.

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