Digital Media vs. Copyright: Summaries

Right now, I am in the process of making an annotated bibliography. This process involves citing my sources in APA format and summarizing them. This is my progress so far:

Ahmad, T. (2009). Intellectual property law in internet. Rochester: Social Science Research Network. Retrieved from http://search.proquest.com.er.lib.k-state.edu/docview/189872818?accountid=11789

Because of the fast rate that technology is changing, it is becoming an issue by challenging the current legal establishments. The Internet is still being governed by an outdated Intellectual property law. All of these new technologies in this digital era bring up the pressing issue of effective management and organized distribution. Copyright owners of digital work are at risk of losing control of their products on a daily basis and constantly having to find different tools to keep control of their work. The law is starting to be questioned now due to the rising need for order (Ahmad, 2009).

Appleby, L. (2013, Fall). Social media creates copyright problem. News Media and the Law, 37, 25-26. Retrieved from http://search.proquest.com.er.lib.k-state.edu/docview/1464621270?accountid=11789

Sites like Pinterest and Instagram have made it easier for people to distribute unlicensed work to a massive audience. This causes concerns for photographers. Some of these concerns include going unpaid for their work and having their work used/posted on sites that they do not support. Another reason is exclusivity. An example of this is when Sara Lewkowicz, “a grad student at Ohio University”, was following the story of a “man readjusting to life after being released from jail.” Through this transition, her photographs of him became more violent, capturing the physical assault of his girlfriend. These photos were published in Time Magazine and she had “exclusivity agreements with certain publications.” After they were published by Time Magazine, they quickly spread on the internet.
This was a concern to her because she was worried it would affect her agreements with these publications. Although people felt they were giving her exposure as an artist, the reality of it is the more the images spread, the less they are worth (Appleby, 2013).

Harris, L. E. (2012). Copyright law: A refresher. Information Outlook, 16(3), 24-25. Retrieved from http://search.proquest.com.er.lib.k-state.edu/docview/1024588583?accountid=11789

Copyright is the right to copy something. Copyright covers the right to duplicate material, like scanning papers, to perform publicly, such as concerts, to publish material in print or on the internet, to translate a book into a script for movies, and to “translate, publicly communicate, and broadcast (Lesley, 2012). There are five areas of the intellectual property law and copyright is one of them. This law protects works from literary to musical works to films, but it doesn’t protect someone’s idea. Copyright protects an author’s rights to their work and the honesty of the author. Certain exceptions to copyright include the use of materials in libraries and loaning them and educational uses of materials (Harris, 2012).

Long, S. A. (2006). US copyright law: The challenge of protection in the digital age. New Library World, 107(9), 450-452. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/03074800610702633

The copyright law we have now allows people fair use of any work that has been copyrighted. Fair use lets people make copies of copyrighted work to use for either inspiration or educational purposes, such as making copies of an article for a class (Long, 2006). Fair use was not always in the copyright law, so it is proven that the law can be adapted to fit with the changing times. One issue with changing the copyright law to work with the digital world is that it conflicts with educational needs. Lisa Marie Smith, an assistant librarian, pointed out that with a new law, teachers would no longer be able to make copies of articles or show videos in class and libraries would not be allowed to loan out anything (Long, 2006).

Social Media Experience: Tumblr

I finally dived into Tumblr over spring break. When I first started using it, I noticed that the site had problems with loading some posts on my laptop and phone. It was a little frustrating. I also feel like searching for posts that I would enjoy is a little difficult to find, but that could be due to that fact that I don’t have Tumblr completely figured out yet.

It kind of reminds me of Pinterest: you search through multiple visual posts, and then you save them by reblogging or pinning them. I do enjoy using Pinterest more though. I find it easier to navigate through the information, and it’s easier to organize. On Tumblr, you can add tags and find your posts through your tags, but on Pinterest, all I have to do is go to my boards and select whatever category I want to go back and look at.

With that said, I think Tumblr is actually starting to grow on me. My sister has been helping me and gave me a list of blogs to follow, and I’ve found that the more people you follow, the more interesting your dashboard gets. Because of this, I’ve been opening the Tumblr app on my phone more often to read through everything. Yesterday, I finally made my 25th post, and got a lovely email from Tumblr about it. It gave me the option to post this success to my blog. . .so I did!
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Digital Media vs Copyright Outline

Intro/Thesis: According to the article “Definition of Digital Media”, created by bfg114@psu.edu, on WikiSpaces, “digital media is digitized content that can be transmitted over the internet or computer networks. This can include text, audio, video, and graphics.” The sharing of this content or digital media has become easier and is just a click away. New ways to share this content arise every day. With the growth of technology comes the conflict of protecting ones work and thoughts or ideas. This comes down to the issue between digital media and copyright.

The following points will be the main ideas of my research paper in support of my thesis:

The purpose of the copyright law
Define the problem between copyright and digital media
Social media’s role with digital media and copyright
Conflicts with digital media, copyright, and fair use
Steps being taken to prevent copyright infringement, and why it’s not successfully doing so (Watermarking & Digital Millennium Copyright Act)

What’s Going On?

I’ve been sitting here, and have started this blog post 3-4 different ways now. I just don’t know what to blog about. I was doing well – 2 blog posts a week: a reflection of the class, a reflection of my social media experiences, and heck, maybe an extra post depending on the week. But then, that wasn’t good enough; they weren’t “long” enough or reflective enough; they weren’t reflections of what I was reading in the media; they didn’t meet any of the unstated guidelines. And in response to that: no, I’m not going to restate my opinions multiple times just to make my blog longer or seem more in-depth. And it was not stated that we were supposed to specifically write about articles we’ve read. From what I understood, I was supposed to write class reflections so I could use it to write one of the 2 papers we have to write this semester, for a class about social media.

The truth is, I just don’t feel motivated to blog, or do anything for my Social Media Technology class. The outline for what’s expected of us as students has changed so much, on our class Wiki and verbally, in class. It just feels like there is no direction for this course. I’m getting tired of fighting for consistency and direction. If the “leader” of our class doesn’t know what they want or the direction they’d like to take this class, then how am I supposed to know?

Creating an Outline: Part II

In my previous post, Creating An Outline, I wrote about one specific way to write an outline. It is just a suggestion; there are MANY ways to create an outline. I will put two more suggestions of how you can create an outline.

Example 1

Intro: Copyright infringement is an issue in the digital world. This report will cover the problem that exists between digital work and copyright, the purpose of copyright, and the impact social media has made on the copyright law. (State your thesis and claims)

I. Problem that exists between digital work and copyright (Claim 1)
a. supportive research

II. The purpose of copyright (Claim 2)
a. supportive research

II. The impact social media has made on the copyright law (Claim 3)
a. supportive research

Conclusion:

Example 2

Intro: Copyright infringement is an issue in the digital world. This report will cover the problem that exists between digital work and copyright, the purpose of copyright, and the impact social media has made on the copyright law. (State your thesis and claims)

I. Problem that exists between digital work and copyright (Claim 1)
a. I will use research from this article: (insert article)

II. The purpose of copyright (Claim 2)
a. I will use research from this article: (insert article)
b. I will use research from this article: (insert article)
c. I will use research from this article: (insert article)

II. The impact social media has made on the copyright law (Claim 3)
a. I will use research from this article: (insert article)
b. I will use research from this article: (insert article)

Conclusion:

***NOTE***
You can obviously use more than 3 claims! I just used 3 for the examples.