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Is anything ever completely original?

25 Mar

When posting on YouTube users have to be careful when being imposed with copyright infringement. “The way to ensure that your video doesn’t infringe someone else’s copyright is to use your skills and imagination to create something completely original,” (Copyright Tips on YouTube). But how do you create something “completely original” when most people generate ideas from another piece of work because there is some inspiration behind the new idea.

Online YouTube offers self-help pages about preventing copyright, what copyright is, and what happens when you upload infringing content. YouTube has these pages as disclaimers to project their website and others original pieces of work. They also offer this disclaimer,

DISCLAIMER: WE ARE NOT YOUR ATTORNEYS, AND THE INFORMATION WE PRESENT HERE IS NOT LEGAL ADVICE. WE PRESENT THIS INFORMATION FOR INFORMATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY.

On YouTube all videos, clips, and audio have to be original works. However, aren’t there numerous videos that are remakes of other videos or responses to other videos? Are they “completely original” works if they are responses or reactions to other original works? I wonder what exact regulations or guidelines are written out they decided exactly what videos are “completely original” and what are copies.

In the chapter, “Copyright and American culture: Ideas, expressions, and democracy,” by Siva Vaidhyanathan says, “Copyright was created as a policy that balanced the interests of authors, publishers, and readers,” (Vaidhtanathan, 20). It is a way to protect the creators of the “completely original” pieces of work. It is hard to believe that a lot of videos on YouTube are remaining online and are considered original pieces of work. I have seen numerous videos that are remakes, responses, or paradoxes of other videos.

What makes some thing “completely original” if it’s a response to another video or the idea was inspired from another video?

https://www.youtube.com/t/howto_copyright

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Where Will It End?

24 Mar

The majority of things we get online or use in day to day activity can be seen a sealing someones ideas. How crazy is that? Most of us can understand that stealing music is illegal and downloading it can give us huge fine, but we still do it anyway. But, the question is, what is seen as stealing and how do we properly address forms or borrowing? When discussing the remixes we saw in class on Thursday, many of us thought they were funny and innovative. It was interesting to see different ways to view a movie preview and how certain aspects like music and word placement can change the meaning of a work. We discussed whether this would be considered stealing though because technically the movie is already made and the same clips are being used in the remix, but the order, music, and wording are all changed. Should this be considered copyright infringement?
People today say phrases like “don’t use my word” or “that was my idea first.” How are these things determined and why do people think these things? I think it is a form of showing that our population wants to be recognized for their thoughts and to be credit for them. This is all fine and great until people start actually copyrighting words and the population then has to pay for the use of those words every time we want to use them. Where does it end? In class we also discussed the idea of play directors wanting to copyright their movements on stage so no one else can use them. There are only so many different positions though that this would be near impossible. For now, we only have to worry about giving attribution to people we discuss in papers and the ideas we use but in the future we may be paying directly for certain words just because they are copyrighted. The copyright law used to last for fourteen year and now it last for 170 years. It just has to make us wonder whats tep is next and what will we have to do to avoid it.

Internet Identity

5 Mar

For class we were assigned to read an article called “Who Am We” which talks about our online identity. Personally I thought the article was very strange, but it did have some very good points.  After reading the article I started thinking about my online identity and about other people’s identities. How do people perceive me online? Do I act the same online as I do in person? I kept asking myself these questions and finally I made a list of all the sites I use (which is not many) and thought about how people may perceive me. First, I use Facebook. If someone were to visit my Facebook page they would see that it is private because I do not add people I do not know. I also do not have where I go to school, where I work, my phone number, or any other personal information. I do not put this information on Facebook because it is not safe to share that kind of information with the public. Even though my page is on private there are ways of getting that information. Someone will be able to see who my friends are, what I look like, what I do for fun, and sometimes where I am going. I do not post many status updates, so someone would not be able to tell too much about be from that. In a way I guess I am not being completely honest on Facebook because I do not give my information, but it is only to protect myself. Next, I use Twitter. The only information about my identity someone would get from Twitter about me is what I am doing and my name. My tweets are completely honest (which could probably offend someone), but that is just me. I am a very honest person and I am not going to hide who I am because I am using twitter. I also use Instagram. By looking at my Instagram, a person would see a lot of pictures of my favorite foods, my friends, and my interests. Lastly, I just started blogging for class. I do not really like blogging, but people who read my blogs can learn what I am learning about in school and my opinions on certain issues. After I figured out my different internet identities, I realized that I am the same person online as I am in person. I do not lie about anything on the internet to make myself seem “cooler.” There are so many people that lie about themselves online and it is important to be careful when using these sites because there are creepy people in the world.

Are You Who You Say You Are?

1 Mar

  My online identity is a good as the real me. I stay true to who am I because I believe people should take me as I am, you either love me or hate me. I am only a member of the well known sites of Facebook and Twitter and for each of those sites I say what’s on my mind. I am a person without a filter; I say whatever to whomever and it doesn’t matter where.

 

On my Facebook I have listed where I go to school, where I work, when I was born, and lots of other information you would be curious to know about me. I rarely post statuses though; I mainly use it to keep in touch with friends and to post pictures of what’s happening in my life. For my Twitter, I don’t have all the information that I have on my Facebook because Twitter to me is less formal. I mostly only use it follow celebrities and my friends who do not have a Facebook. I tweet a lot; sometimes up to 15 times a day or more. If you posted that many statuses on Facebook everyone would think you are annoying but that’s the norm for Twitter.

I do know people who reinvented themselves after high school and made all new Facebooks and things because in college, no one knows who you are. For me, I don’t care enough to do that. I kept my same Facebook (which I had only made during my senior year) and I continued to be who I always was. I had made a twitter awhile ago but I started actively using it in early 2011. I enjoy these social networking sites. They are easy to use and if you really wanted to, you could become anyone you wish to be, which could be scary because you don’t know who you are really talking to.

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The World of Wi-fi

23 Feb

You would probably never expect for technology to become so advanced as it is. People today, especially children are incredibly influenced by technology. Almost everywhere you go you see a child plugged into some sort of electronic device. With wi-fi available at almost any location nowadays, you can use the internet anywhere, even on your phones which most kids ages 10 and above have.

The internet is something a child can take advantage of. Completely irrelevant but if you watch General Hospital on ABC, a character Molly has reinvented herself into this alter ego on an internet site. No one knows who she is so it doesn’t matter. Children can get sucked into this sort of thing; to try to be cool or fit in is one of the most important things to kids. It’s a dangerous place for kids to be using when they don’t know enough about it. When I first started going online, I never thought of what was actually going on. I never thought there could be creepy old men pretending to be young or just a bunch of weirdos trying to talk to you.

I realized how scary the internet could be when I actually had a stalker on MySpace. He told me he would find out where I live and asked me to send pictures of myself to him. I never did, but it was scary when he started threatening me. I was young and had no idea what I had gotten myself into and now I am extremely cautious when using the internet.

(image from firstamendmentcenter.org )