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Readings 4: Copyright and Creativity
January 3, 2009, 1:38 am
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Article 1: The ecstasy of influence: A plagiarism

This article taught me a lot about plagiarism and someone else’s perspective on it. It basically discusses history of plagiarism and copyright laws and how they originated. The consitution states the copyright protection law and how any work “copied” from another person must be credited. Plagirism can be directly related to music, art, and papers. There were multiple artists who stole lyrics from others, however some artists did not mind while others did. Everyone has a different view on plagiarism and it is a very touchy subject especially with the growth of the internet. This article discusses the different of gifts and how for instance a commons is something that belongs to all people. Plagiarism is a very touchy subject that can be hard to pin point. Having something copywriten basically allows you to work off of other people’s ideas or inventions but gives them credit for the original thought. There is an argument that if people did not work off each other’s ideas how would anything get done? For this reason i believe copyright laws are very useful and protect artists. I do agree that people need to work off of other people’s ideas but they need to give the originator credit and recognition.


1. Do you believe copyright laws are too strict?

2. Do you think people plagiarise by coincidence? By this i mean someone writes something that has already been written with knowing?

3. What do you think the difference between being influenced and plagiarizing are?

The Generational Divide in Copyright Morality

I enjoyed reading this article because it was right to the point and very clear on its main issue: Do people think piracy laws are too strict and do what extent do people belive it is okay to copy something. David Pogue spoke to a lot of different audiences and discussed the issue of piracy. When he first started studying piracy, he knew what it was and that it was illegal and saw no shades of grey. However, when he started talking to people about the issue, he began to see where people do show shades of grey toward the issue of piracy. he began asking multiple question about piracy and have people raise their hands wheather they disagree. He spoke to many groups of adults who tended to put their hands up a good amount. However, he also spoke at a college and almost all of the students kept their hands down. Why is this you may ask? As i see it, it has to do with age difference and the culture we grew up in. First, cd’s today are expensive and due to the large amount of schoolwork and lack of career work students put in, i think they feel like piracy is not that serious. Alot of students can burn music and easily get away with it. I think they figure if i have no money and want to have music why not just download for free and the chances of getting caught are not very high. Also since the internet was not as popular in the lives of our parents, they do not realize what we do on the computer and are not aware that music can be downloaded for free and illegally so easily. Due to the lack of usage of the computer and internet between older parents and young kids, they are on a totally different level of computer knowledge. Also the article talked about people copying dvd’s from other sources or the television. The question involving this issue yeilded the same results.

1. Why do you think the adults raised their hands disagreeing with the senarios David spoke of but the college students did not?

2. Is it too easy to download music and movies illegally on the computer?

3. Do you record stores and movie stores are hurting because of the amount of piracy going on in the world today?

Lessig, Lawrence: watch this 20 minute presentation on youtube

This video was pretty interesting and informative on the issue of piracy. It discussed how creativity is being subsidized because of the government and the internet. Lawrence seemed to come across as a pretty liberal guy to me who thinks that people and the government are making piracy too big of a deal. I do agree with his point about creativity being challenged by piracy laws epseicaly over the internet. He discusses there needs to be some type of balance. I think that content like the videos he showed are fine because the songs are derived from someone else who already has recognition from them. I do believe however, if someone is going to make a video like the ones we saw, they should still include a small note such as “this song was originally performed by (Artist and song name). It is hard to enforce such a law because of all the endless numbers of spoofs on the internet already. I think what is done is done and maybe the governement should make internet websites require their submitters to properly cite their sources for their creative clips and images. The internet really complicates the plagirism issue and makes it hard to enforce it. I agree with Lawrence when he says the laws are not “balanced” and need to be more clear about what is okay especially on the internet. I do believe internet art should be cited more properly and they should try to figure out a way to tighten that enforcement.

1. Do you think that anime cartoons or “remixes” should be properly cited?

2. Do these remixes infringe copyright laws in your opinion?

3. How do you think plagiarism can be more effectively controlled on the Internet?