Week 8 Questions

Posted on 15 May 2007. Filed under: Questions |

Student Questions

  • Anyone hear anything about the entertainment industry vs DVD Tivo?
  • The entertainment industry sees the downloading and file sharing of TV shows, movies, and music as a threat to their capitalist success… does downloading and file sharing really put a dent in their profits and/or agenda?
  • Should to blog world be, for the most part, controlled by private citizens or should big media have a fair slice of the pie?
  • What do you think about the amount of the fines for song downloading?
  • Is the record company strategies of threatening lawsuits but willing settle out of court just a way to make a point now so that file-sharing doesn’t become a bigger problem in the future?
  • Will security ever be able to move ahead of the cheats? You hear the same question in a lot of arenas, and people say that the criminals are one step ahead of the law. Is that likely to change?
  • How can bloggers — people who see themselves as legitimate news sources in an open forum — help to curb the problem of on-line copyright infringement.
  • There was a point made about China and its “Great Firewall” and an earlier scenario about the French courts telling Yahoo! to block auctions of Nazi memorabilia and the U.S. did not agree with either of these situations. How far does or should U.S. standards go? Should we expect our views to trump other nation’s views?
  • p.211 of WTM talks about cookies on the Net being equivalent to “a shopping mall … with a video camera recording everything you look at?” It doesn’t seem like most people would be okay with the latter, so why are people okay with cookies? Is it because most people aren’t aware of cookies, because they are hiding behind a computer screen, or some other reason?
  • Similarly p.219 says “someday … big corporations and governments will know every work you read, listen to, and watch.” What implications does this hold for our future? How will people fight this and will it be worth it or is this inevitable?
  • If bloggers are “immune from libels in their comment section because these comments are written by other people” are these “other people” held accountable for libel?
  • Do you watch more copyrighted clips on YouTube or legal clips?
  • If you were a copyright owner of a video clip, would you pursue legal action if the clip was published somewhere else than your choosing?
  • Do you agree with Gillmor’s statement that media is not doing enough to “use the tools that would help them deal with the public, including the news media, more effectively”? If so, what needs to happen in order to achieve the desired goal of dealing with the public (and the news media) more effectively?
  • With the ever-changing software, do you think there will there ever be a point where we say, that’s enough, everything’s perfect? What will we continue to strive for?
  • Are there any restrictions that you see now that could lead to the loss of freedom from the internet?
  • Do you think that peer-to-peer technology should be allowed for legal uses?
  • Should bloggers get those same rights as journalists?
  • when I read the section regarding trademarks is the fact that Greek communities constantly use trademarked symbols of companies for T-shirts. Now could they get in trouble for it? These organizations are not really making money off the “similar” images, but they are selling them to their members. Does whoever regulates copyrights and trademarks let examples like this “slide” because it is not worth the effort?
  • How can we solve the textbook price problem? Is there anything that students can do?
  • Do you believe that we should do away with peer-to-peer file sharing altogether? How would an industry or government go about doing this?
  • Should music and movies be shared over the Internet? This is such an exhausted topic, but it never seems to die…
  • Does it matter if it is a personal small blog or a major mainstream blog when it comes to copyright infringement?
  • Do you find yourself worrying about online legal problems when you post on your own personal blogs?
  • With blogging surely on the rise, do you think this problem is something that can be resolved soon in the future or do you think the problem has only begun?
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“Similarly p.219 says “someday … big corporations and governments will know every work you read, listen to, and watch.” What implications does this hold for our future? How will people fight this and will it be worth it or is this inevitable?”

I think this is a very interesting question to address. I think with even personal blogs being published pubicly online, technically, corporations and goernments CAN read and listen and watch everything you do. This is an odd concept to think about but definitely something we should discuss.

With the ever-changing software, do you think there will there ever be a point where we say, that’s enough, everything’s perfect? What will we continue to strive for?

Similarly p.219 says “someday … big corporations and governments will know every work you read, listen to, and watch.” What implications does this hold for our future? How will people fight this and will it be worth it or is this inevitable?

I think this would be crazy if it does happen…I am interested to know what steps are being taken to enforce this, what people would do to counter-act it, and if it really is a near possibility.


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