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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,


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?


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.

Should teachers be concerned with copyright infringement?

22 Mar

I have gotten many lesson plan ideas, activities, or games to use in the numerous lesson plans I have written. I am sure that I will continue using the public domain of the Internet to collect ideas, show my ideas, and always have something new in my classroom. But should I or other teachers be worried about copyright infringement? “Copyright is a “deal” that the American people, through Congress, made with the writers and publishers of books,” (Vaidhyanathan, 21). Teachers have numerous online, text, references, and resources for developing unit plans and activities for their students.

If it’s from the online public domain we don’t have to be worried about copyright because all rights to the ideas expire once they are on the Internet and anyone is allowed to use and distribute the ideas, activities, or lesson plans on the Internet. This is important to know because from one idea generates another and since there are numerous ways to teach a lesson the more teachers can share the more we are able to collaborate. is a free online public domain for teachers to find, share, and connect with other teachers. It is a search engine website that only generates to other teaching websites, links, and online resources. It is an absolutely amazing domain to look through for any lesson plan. You can search a topic, a subject, or even curriculum standards and pages of information will turn up at the click of a button.

Although most things educators find on the Internet are safe to use we should still be aware of what copyright means.

Copyright was created as a policy that balanced the interests of authors, publishers, and readers…Copyright is more than one right. It is a       “bundle” of rights that includes the exclusive rights to make copies, authorize others to make copies, create derivative works such as translations and displays in other media, sell the work, perform the work publicly, and petition a court for relief in case others infringe on any of these rights. (Vaidhyanathan, 20-21)

Since teachers mostly like making numerous copies of worksheets or display different forms of media in the classroom some may begin to worry about possible infringement. However, the online public domain makes it harder (not impossible) to break copyright laws.

You Tube Phenomenon

15 Mar

After watching An Anthropological Introduction to You Tube it made me think about my own “You Tube Journey”. My dad is very technology savvy and is always telling me about the new phenomena on the internet.  I remember when my dad first told me about You Tube and of course it was around the time You Tube first came out.  Nobody really knew what to think about You Tube but I remember him telling me, “Look Laur, you can put yourself or anything you want up on the internet. You can become your own little star.”

This was all happening while I was in high school, so You Tube was exploding around me.  When you walked down the halls you would hear about the new video on You Tube. I used You Tube in high school to figure out how I would act out a certain song on stage because everyone put their performances up on You Tube. I finally made my own account and put my first video up. The video was of me in Footloose singing Let’s Hear It for The Boys.  It didn’t catch on like a lot of other You Tube videos but to this day it has over 1,000 views.  If you think about it one thousand more people saw that video, and that is amazing.

You Tube is an amazing phenomenon. It gives people the opportunity to do things such as create movies, music videos, instructional videos, and much much more. It’s a powerful tool for freedom of speech. You can also use You Tube in the classroom. It is a great place to get free material and every teacher likes educational material that is free. We should not sensor You Tube from the schools. We should learn how to use it to our benefit. You can actually learn a lot from You Tube. For example my brother made three experimental steady cams and learned the concepts all from watching You Tube videos. You Tube gives people the opportunity to show the world what they can do. 

Can Technology Better The Way We Teach Reading?

10 Mar

“UNLESS someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing’s going to get better: it’s not.”

            This notable quote is from the Dr. Seuss Book, The Lorax, who would have celebrated his 108th birthday on Friday, March 2nd, 2012. The month of March is known as the month for “Read Across America” as students are challenged to read as many books as possible in this given month.

This quote is relatable to the education system in New Jersey and the United States. If something is wrong, nothing is going to be fixed unless a person or people really care about the education system. An important part of being involved in schools is finding more ways to better our education system. One of the currently popular topics involved with the educational system is the use of or ways of technology in the classroom; furthermore, there is the possibility of using different forms of technology to teach reading, something that the famous author Dr. Seuss was very passionate about. Seuss’s books are still loved by children all around the world today in thousands of schools.

The article “Technology and Teaching Children to Read: What does the research say?” by NEIR*TEC, provides numerous ways to use technology to teach phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and text comprehension. These five skills are important for all students to master in order to become successful readers. Some of the technologies mentioned were computer software, E-books, multimedia, computer- based games, or computer drill programs.

Although Dr. Seuss is not around to see the transformation technology has provided in the classroom, he would most likely have embraced the interaction technology brings to the table when teaching young children to read. His books about Truffula trees, Whoville, the Cat in the Hat, Star-Belly Sneetches, Fish, Grinch, Lorax, and hundreds more, were all meant to bring children into the world of “Seussville” in an interactive way. Technology and creative authors like Dr. Seuss can change the way reading is taught to children in a positive and far more interactive way then schools have ever seen before.

Other Links to Look at:

Technology and Teaching Children to Read

Seussville Online

Who am I according to Target?

5 Mar

Walking into Target, to purchase a new pair of heels, a new Chelsea Handler book, a memory card for my camera, a pack of twizzlers, OPI nailpolish, and new Covergirl Mascara. What is Andrew Pole thinking of me?

Instantly, they must know I am a girl and that I am around the ages of 17- 24 because the novel I purchased, the heels, and the makeup. Am I going to be comfortable with Target knowing this about me? Or is it beneficial because I will get coupons ad ads showing me the products I like that are on sale or have different promotions?

As I read the article “How Companies Learn Your Secrets,” from the New York Times by Charles Duhigg. I began to think of how different stores, websites, and companies have access to numerous pieces of information on me even if I had only shopped there once or twice. This made me think of the information people can get off your Facebook after only being on your page once or twice. Viwers can see your sex, birthday, relationships, interests, and email address. All on the Internet and now public information.

This article fascinated me because I can only imagine how many stores and online websites have different identities on me because of what I buy. They must know my exact habits of my online shopping since every ad on the side of my computer always relates to the products I was just putting in my shopping cart or checking into my wish list. I have noticed that one of my habit loops is the payday. I know that on the Friday’s I get paid I ready to go buy something, and this could be a habit for others my age. Can Target, or other stores, tell the days I get paid based on the days I shop every two weeks?

Will they be sending me ads every two weeks? (Cue) Knowing that I am more likely to spend money on the Fridays I get paid (Routine.) Then enjoy buying myself something because I worked hard and earned the money (Reward). How are we supposed to prevent them from triggering our cues that are imbedded into our routines?

Stores like Target and similar competitors have begun to create these computer-generating identities of us, but are customers going to try to prevent these customized ads by trying to break the system or encourage them? It is hard to say which side of this argument presents the greener grass or the sweeter deal. Every customer loves to have coupons or promotions for them, so aren’t these corporations helping us to help them?

As a future teacher I will be regularly buying classroom supplies, stickers, crafts, holiday items, books, and other things I will need for my classroom. If stores like Target generate this profile that place me as teacher it could help me save money and help me to see what Target has to offer compared to other stores. Target would be sending me ads and promotions for the things I needed. Yes, it would be mixed with things I didn’t necessarily need. But, if all stores did this like Target, Walmart, A.C. Moore, and Kmart, they would be able to show their consumers what they have to offer for their particular needs. Then after comparing all of these customized ads for a teacher it would be easier to decide what I would buy from each store. Isn’t it like these stores are doing the work for me when I am hunting for a bargain?

These corporations are activating our cues that fit within our routines and create our reward by buying on a regular basis at a good price. Is it weird that these corporations are creating these identities and knowing about my life? Yes. But, wouldn’t it be much easier to show us the things we need or want verses looking among numerous stores to find the items? People put too much information on social networking cites and if they aren’t concerned with that information being on the internet then they shouldn’t be concerned with the corporations like Target trying to identify their shopping profile or identity.

This was mentioned in the article and I wanted to find out if this had really happened and this is what I stumbled on:

How Target Figured Out A Teen Girl Was Pregnant Before Her Father Did


facebook vs twitter

5 Mar

I never thought living without Facebook would be as easy as it was but without having it to regularly see what friends are doing or to see new pictures being added, I have more time to tweet on my twitter account. While many times I find it hard to tweet three times a day for class, I can always find something random to tweet. Throughout the day I can tweet multiple times but when it comes to making a tweet for class, I draw a blank. In fact, when I look at other people’s tweets I think to myself, “I wonder how they thought of that” or I see others who often tweet “I don’t know what to tweet” and I think to myself, why didn’t I think to do something that simple myself. It turns out that tweeting three times a day is harder than I thought it would be and I am very surprised each day when I spend several minutes thinking of what to tweet. As the semester has continued though, I have interacted more with other people in the class making it much easier to retweet things they say or to even comment on tweets they have posted. It makes the whole process much easier and this way I have more than three tweets a day for class.