Thursday, March 31, 2011

Week 1: Blog post three in response to Angela Alipour

Scot Byrd said...

This is great that you are talking about how good things can happen from more than one person creating from a single start. I just attended a session today from a lady who teaches a logo design course at a university in Taipei and she has her graduate students create a logo and then submit it to three different students. After the students receive this logo they tweak it and put their own spin on it and give it back to the original creator where the original creator can take the change/suggestions and comments that the peers made and then they have to create a final logo. At the end they all ended up with better logos and I thought it was interesting because different people can use things in different ways and if we have copyright laws restricting that, then it restricts creativity and ultimately could inhibit the creation of something pretty awesome.

Original Post

When push comes to shove the copy write laws are all about the money. Who can get the most money and how. What’s wrong with someone taking your work and creating something else out of it as long as they give you the credit for being the inspiration of their creation? Especially when they can make it better. If we can do this with text why not film and music? Don’t those people get paid enough? Actually I think that many of them get overpaid.
One of the people that spoke in the video said that an artist needs copy write laws as an incentive to create. Yeah, right! When someone is creating they are not thinking about copy write laws. They are creating.

With the Fair Use law it’s good to know that there is a law that can cover your behind if you need it too. Of course it has to meet the criteria of critical comment, teaching, parody, and news reporting. Even under these circumstances one needs to be careful.

I was happy to know that Creative Commons is available for creators. The saying two brains are better than one is what came to mind when I saw this video. Sharing a personal idea or creation with another person can sometimes cause the other person to elaborate on that idea and the final result can be sAs I’ve been watching more and more videos about this I find that the music industry seems to have a real issue about copy writing. Wish I would have known about Creative Commons during the FSO music class.

Week 1 Blog post 2: Peer comment

It sounds like you got in trouble or something for the video using "Eye of the Tiger"? It sounds like you are just fine here if it was for educational purposes and if you acknowledged the author of the music. I am not totally sure on this but it might also be that you can only use up to 30 seconds of a music clip and any more than that is in violation of copyright, not totally sure on that but you might want to check it out.

Jeremy Magers original post:
What is a copyright law? The free dictionary states “A copyright is a legal device that gives the creator of a literary, artistic, musical, or other creative work the sole right to publish and sell that work. Copyright owners have the right to control the reproduction of their work, including the right to receive payment for that reproduction. An author may grant or sell those rights to others, including publishers or recording companies. Violation of a copyright is called infringement. Copyright protects the expression of an idea. The basic concept behind copyright is originality, so that a copyright represents something that has originated from a particular author and not from another.”
By looking at the definition of what a copyright law means and states what can you get from this?
To me I think that copyright means using someone else’s work as your own is illegal. I can use their work for personal use only if I sight it and it is recovered legally. Take for instance, if I use a song like “Eye of the Tiger” by Survivor. I use this song as a background music to a person video that I created with my class. The song was purchased legally from ITunes and was cited. How is that illegal. I am keeping the authors expression and not selling the piece. I gave credit to the author and also paid for the song. The use of the song is for personal use or school use. There is no violation of copying the song. The video is my personal production using a cited and authentic song that was paid for and clearly stated was not of my own work. This was a question I have always wondered. 
The idea of copyright laws are great to implement to save peoples original work. I totally agree with them. Recreating someones work without permission is wrong. However, when using someones work for personal reasons or school it should be “ok” to site who did it and have proof of legitimate purchase

Week 1 Reading Copyright

Copyright is a difficult thing to wrap your head around and in the moment of creating it is difficult to think that you might be breaking the law. Using media as we do today to enhance our creative projects or personal videos, songs, or even photo albums we need to be conscious of where the work came from and in what manner are we using it.
I often struggle with even giving copyright a thought because it is usually such a hassle and after viewing the "Good copy, Bad copy" video I feel even more like the fight to stay free of infringement is not always worth it. I am not saying that I use illegally downloaded music to enhance my videos or that I am recreating to make money. I am just saying that great things can happen while using bits of others work while giving credit. 
I think that most teachers today would probably be breaking the law at least once a day in their class, but under Fair Use they could probably get away with it. Fair Use is a simple way to use others work to enhance your lessons, and I think that this should continue. Teachers need to rely on the work of others to help them teach and give students different perspectives of the content. They can use creative commons work and that usually will help in some instances, but usually is not the same content as work not labeled creative commons. Fair Use is a great thing and can only be abused when the work of someone else replaces the teacher instead of the teacher using it as supplemental to what they are doing.
I believe that copyright is a good thing and it protects the original creators from losing their work or from not benefiting from their work. With that I think that great things can be done with others work mixed with yours, we push collaboration so much and copyright laws could squash this. Cite the work of others and use away!