Week 6 Blog Post: Copyright and the Web

The web has made it easier to share ideas. This helps people be more creative because they can bounce ideas off of others or find out what others think, yet, it can also create issue. Things like Blogs, Podcasts, and Wikis make it easier to share information but complicate copyright. It is now easier to see multiple ideas from people but the down side is that you might not remember where you first heard the idea, and think it is your own when it is not. It is difficult to know where ideas originally come from.

According to Larry Lessig there is a culture where people create their own art using works by others, such as pairing videos of politicians talking with music. He differentiates this from stealing others ideas, stating they re-create what others have made to say things differently. He makes the argument there are certain situations where it is fair to use others’ works. He believes there needs to be balance between works being available to use and business embracing the idea of people to using works of art. A DJ, “Girl Talk,” would agree that re-creating is not stealing ideas and that it should be allowed because he mixes up music to create new songs.

Overall, I believe the web evolves with these changes. There are organizations, like Creative Commons, where creators allow others to use their work but they need to be improved. I believe that if they continue to evolve, copyright will not be completely destroyed, but, if creators do not embrace this idea of allowing others to use their work, there is a chance it can be destroyed.

One thought on “Week 6 Blog Post: Copyright and the Web

  1. sherm216

    I think that you make a good point regarding sharing information on the Internet. The Internet was created to allow people over vast distances to share ideas. It allowed people to develop ideas together. I think that is still the main purpose of the Internet. If an artist is not willing to share his ideas and collaborate with others via the Internet, then he shouldn’t put his work on the Internet in the first place. By placing ones work on the Internet, you are inviting other people to experiment with and improve on it.

    You make a good point about the Creative Commons. These licenses are starting to bring the Internet back to its intended use. They allow for artists to retain some rights, while in essence also allowing people to collaborate and rework the artist’s work. The Internet was designed to allow for people to interact with each other and without Creative Commons, the Internet is a one-way street. Creative Commons has helped the evolution of copyrights and intellectual property regarding the Internet, but I agree that more must be done.

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