helenlt on December 21st, 2011
This post is trying desperately to inject some Christmas spirit into copyright by shamelessly
borrowing our title from the 12 twelve days of Christmas. So its not actually about 2 Turtle Doves but rather 2 interesting copyright related articles I’ve come across. On the plus side 2 articles are way less messy than 2 Turtle Doves.
The first article is a blog post by Andy Baio “No copyright intended”. It highlights and discusses the use of copyright disclaimers when using copyright material in remixes and mash-ups, for example on YouTube videos. This is something that I often come across when talking to people who want to use copyright material and either haven’t or can’t get permission from the copyright owner. People believe that if they include a statement such as “no copyright infringement intended” then this will protect them from legal action. This is not actually the case, and even if you didn’t intentionally infringe copyright or have included a disclaimer, the copyright owner can still take action against you. The wide misuse of these sorts of disclaimers just goes to show how difficult and complex, many people find copyright to understand. It also shows that while many people don’t intend to infringe copyright, they often are unintentionally.
Andy Baio has found that these sort of disclaimers are being widely used on content sharing sites such as YouTube and is speculating that most cases the person unloading the video and including the disclaimer is likely to be under 21. Andy argues that most young people have grown up in a Remix culture and see the re-use and remix of other people’s work as completely normal. He also asks what impact this will have now that the “remix generation” is old enough to vote.
The second article to catch my eye like a gaudy decoration on the Christmas tree (Sorry!) was Library Wars: Amazon and Publishers Vie for Control of E-Book Rentals. This is an important issue for the University community as the Library looks towards being able to provide access to and loans of ebooks, particularly textbooks which are often in high demand. Finding the right model that allows library users to be able to use an ebook the same way they would a print book but also ensures that publishers of e-books are financial viable is a tricky balancing act.
Have a read of the articles and then post a comment to share your thoughts.