On the web, it might look like a reliable piece of modern media and it is clean on the exterior. But in the inside, there are some or more hazards where ever you go, whether you are typing a book report or searching the online dictionary. Sometimes you can avoid risks by checking if the website is okay for any usage. If the URL starts with http:, or https:, it is clean.
Kayne West is playing against Michael Jackson. The pair is soon replaced with The Band playing over Radiohead. This isn’t a hypothetical – it’s Girl Talk. Greg Gillis, aka Girl Talk, is a Pittsburgh based mashup artist. Girl Talk, like other mashup artists like him, mixes together short snippets of popular songs, called samples, to create entirely new songs. It is very entertaining. It is also illegal. Girl Talk does not buy licenses from any of the record labels that own the music he samples.
After watching the video in English about copyright laws and fair use, I remembered the one thing that stuck with me the most was: Where is the line drawn? What makes some things okay to use, and other things not okay? It's kind of scary to think that everyone is kind of teetering on such a precarious edge of uncertainty. There are so many people who quite technically cross that line every day, downloading music, doing covers without permission, or singing birthday in the quiet privacy of their homes. I mean quite honestly, it's not like these big corporations need the 'petty cash' that we would be paying for the stuff we are obtaining illegally. Plus, if you look at how some of this stuff is being put to use, these big corporations would probably just feel bad for us. For example, the other day, Junior Davis Pope took it upon himself to introduce me to the saddest and most pathetic thing I have ever seen.
This quarter in English, we have periodically discussed the concept of Fair Use and the copyright laws that are in place in the U.S. today. After viewing "RiP: A Remix Manifesto", I began to consider the abnormal copyright laws. In the film, Girl Talk (a musical artist) plays an important role in exhibiting the problems with our modern coypright system. Girl Talk creates unique music using samples from other songs and combining them in order to construct an original and authentic NEW song. However, the music industry is not a fan of Girl Talk. Record companies that own the rights to the songs that Girl Talk samples believe that Girl Talk cannot sample the music without paying because the songs are "intellectual property". I believe that this is incorrect because Girl Talk isn't using the songs, he is changing them and creating some thing new. The following video is Girl Talk creating a short song. It is obvious that the new creation sounds nothing like the original song that was used:
Like the rising cost of health care and college, the cost of concert tickets are following suit. This year the average price for popular artists like Madonna and The Rolling Stones are going to be $100, if you want to sit in the nosebleeds. Publishing and advertising companies who buy up smaller companies and use an artists' work for profit. Since these artists are so popular, the companies can overcharge their prices for concerts.
Which is ironic when you think about the copyright infringement lawsuits. It's the advertising companies, not the artists, who sue a person using the work of their work. Copyright laws that are any stricter are going to turn into the laws like the Party makes in "1984". Laws that make the first amendment disappear.
This past week in English class, we viewed a video on copyright law in America. The movie covered everything from what happens if you are found in violation of these laws, to what the laws entail, to their overall effect on creativity and innovation. I learned a lot from it, but I feel that the issue deserves even more attention. Currently, I am sitting in front of the computer with this essay on one tab of my internet browser, and project playlist (playlist.com) on the other. This is a site where most songs have been uploaded for free play to the public. "Most Songs" includes the artist Girl Talk, featured in the movie. He is the posterboy for copyright questions. He has made his name popular by combining bits and pieces from other peoples' music to create his own. Anyone with an open mind can see the beauty in a successful mixture of James Taylor and 50 cent. It works, and it shouldn't be legally questionable.
Copyright law was originally put in place to encourage creativity b
A new copyright treaty contained within the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement aims to police the internet for copyrighted material for "national security reasons". The Agreement would force ISP's (internet service providers) to police user submitted material and remove copyrighted works. ISP's would also have to cut off anyone accused of copyright infringement without full proof. The agreement would also prohibit breaking any type of DRM (digital rights management) even for legitimate uses.
This agreement comes at a time when the FTC is trying to impose regulations to help keep the internet open and not let service providers do to the internet what they did to cable television. Many senators are trying to block the FTC from doing this, using the argument that it would hurt businesses. We need to work to keep the internet open as a source of knowledge for the whole world.
This is one of the pictures I found on U.S Government Photos and Graphics. On this site you can find nearly anything associated with the federal government from the Air Force to the Grand Canyon. There is a wide amount of variety in the size and resolution of the pictures as well.
While searching through a couple of public photography sites, it was clear which sites would actually be helpful in finding a desired photo. Some however, did not prove to be useful with a very limited selection to chose from.