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.
The Penn State “Campus Downloading” site was created by the Recording Industry Association of America to explain the legal issues surrounding students downloading copyrighted music (typically through peer to peer file sharing services). It includes an FAQ that covers copyright law and legal consequences. They also have a video that explains many of these issues and a list of Web sites where you can buy songs or albums, pay a subscription for unlimited downloads, or get completely free music.
The Sparky Awards is a contest where students can submit a short video about the value of sharing information and win a Sparky Award plus $1000. The winner and two runner-up videos from 2007 are online. I think Penn State students are capable of winning this award, especially with access to the production facilities at the Digital Commons.
Information Technology Services has created a student page that defines plagiarism, provides examples, and links to the academic integrity statements of a great number of colleges and campuses. If you want much more information on this issue, including faculty guidelines, resources at other institutions, and published articles on plagiarism, check out the Cyberplagiarism: Detection and Prevention site.
In the third video in this series, Zack talks about how the RIAA lawsuit got him involved with people who are examining the strict interpretation of copyright law, share-friendly licensing (like Creative Commons and open source licensing), remix culture, how digital natives use media. This video was found as part of the Berkman Center blog at Harvard Law.
In the second film in this series, Zack McCune, who was sued by the RIAA for downloading music, talks about his reaction to the lawsuit. He has done some thinking about what he had been doing and has an interesting perspective on what he had done and what the RIAA is doing to consumers. This video is part of Harvard Law’s Berkman Center that is studying things like the intersection between Digital Natives, intellectual property, and copyright law.
In this first video in a three-part series, Zack McCune talks about how he was identified by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) as illegally sharing their music through a peer-to-peer network system. Zack and other students were hit with a lawsuit from the RIAA. We found this video on a blog at Harvard Law. Check it out.