I was reading through The Daily Collegian today and thought this story was interesting. It helps illustrate that these copyright issues and the activity of organizations like the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) are not abstract. In addition to talking about how this issue affects local students and what Information Technology Services is doing to monitor student bandwidth use, this article also mentions Dr. Matt Jackson, from the College of Communications. Dr. Jackson helped us think through this copyright site.
At the 2008 Teaching and Learning with Technology Symposium, Lawrence Lessig (law professor, author, and founder of Creative Commons) came to Penn State to give his keynote presentation. He talked for about 45 minutes about current interpretation of copyright law, organizations like the RIAA and MPAA, examples of remixed media, and alternative licenses.