Week 1 Reading Copyright Issues Information Overload
I found this week’s “reading” to be extremely interesting. Copyright laws are something that I know little about. I found the documentary “Good Copy/Bad Copy” to be eye opening for a number of reasons.
There has been such uproar over file sharing in the music industry and the mass production of knock-off movies.
I believe the entertainment industry needs to embrace the use of the Internet as a distribution point for the media. I do not believe in downloading music or movies that I have not paid for. Having said that, I collect concert DVD’s and every once in a while someone will ask me for my Cheap Trick at Budokan DVD. No, I do not give that out. I would however make a copy to give out…
I guess my point is, I understand why people need to have copyright protection, and I understand that when I buy media it is mine to use as I see fit, as long as I do not make a profit or display it in a way that it is not intended.
During the movie they discussed the digital movie making industry in Nigeria. As someone who has some ability to produce video digitally I thought this was awesome. I can, with little equipment, produce a video, post it on the web, have millions of people see it, and still make no money. I can also use the Internet to introduce myself to the world.
I am careful when making video for home. I would love to put some of my favorite songs to a homemade video to enhance the viewing. I won’t. I have paid for all of the music in my iTunes and I respect the artists who have given me pleasure my whole life. If everyone in the world did not pay for the music they listen to, no one will make music. And that, my friend, would be a sad, sad day!