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Copyright, Collaboration, Creative Commons, and You.

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Christopher Orsina

on 26 September 2010

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Transcript of Copyright, Collaboration, Creative Commons, and You.

© Copyright is a BIG DEAL Copyright helps to make sure creative people
are rewarded for all of their hard work. That's why there are so many legal
warnings on music and movies:

Those creators want to get paid! According to the Recording Industry Association of America,
music, film, television, and computer software contributed
$889,100,000,000 to the U.S. economy in 2007. source: http://www.riaa.com/ispnoticefaq.php However, modern technology and the internet
have made it difficult and confusing to
protect creators' rights. In 2009, a Boston University student
was fined $675,000 for illegally downloading
24 songs. source: http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9136159/Tenenbaum_hit_with_675_000_fine_for_music_piracy Most legal music downloads cost
$1.50 per song or less.

$1.50 x 24 songs = $36 Sounds like it's pretty good to be a creator,
doesn't it? But sometimes even creators get in trouble. In 1989, hip-hop group De La Soul released their first album, 3 Feet High and Rising.
The album was #1 on Billboard's R&B/Hip-Hop chart for five weeks.

However, they had used a 12 second digital sample of a recording by The Turtles without permission.

De La Soul paid $1,700,000 in penalty. Sources: http://www.stuff.co.nz/entertainment/music/2347993/De-La-Soul-back-in-the-game
http://orange.eserver.org/issues/4-2/deMaagd.html vs. So how could people make such huge mistakes? Believe it or not, I blame teachers. The Fair Use permissions granted to teachers, news reporters, and a few other
select groups under the Copyright Act of 1976 allow these specialists to use
copyrighted works in ways that ordinary citizens may not. Although this has certain educational benefits, it also means that
students experience 12+ years of life in which respect for copyright
is not modeled.

Sometimes even proper citation of academic references
is neglected. Fortunately, on this giant collaborative machine we call the internet,
not everyone is in it for the money. Isn't that just some big internet hippie movement with
self-produced media instead of tie-dyed T-shirts? While it is quite likely there are many hippies using Creative Commons lincenses,
other users include:
The California Free Digital Textbook Initiative
Nine Inch Nails
The Australian Bureau of Statistics
Jonathan Coulton <--- possible hippy - he does have messy hair and a ukulele
The New York State Senate
The University of Michigan Library
Whitehouse.gov Source: http://wiki.creativecommons.org/Case_Studies Great!

Where can I learn more? http://creativecommons.org/education features numerous examples and links to resources for use in education. To hear from actual K-12 educators who use Creative Commons in their schools, visit http://www.blip.tv/play/gpxSgdKUAAI http://www.oercommons.org is home to a wide variety of content for educators as well.
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