A Fair(y) Use Tale

Many of you may have already seen this video, but in case you haven’t I wanted to pass it along. I think it would make a great teaching tool about copyright! We’re always looking for content that addresses a topic such as copyright in a format that will engage students to think about the deeper layers of meaning behind an issue. With this video, you could discuss the nuts and bolts of copyright and fair use, but then could also have discussion about the format in which this is presented and the fact that it has been posted and reposted on YouTube. Thanks Stanford!

A Fair(y) Use Tale | Stanford Center for Internet and Society [beta site]


McLib TV

I just ran across this video on YouTube. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8RozYn3Ezbs

This video details how a library in Kentucky has opened a TV branch. They actually create and host library programming on a local cable TV channel several days a week. Wow!!

TravelinLibrarian.info Posts Video on YouTube by Google

Exactly my point! http://www.travelinlibrarian.info/2006/10/on-google-purchase-of-youtube.html

From the TravelinLibrarian.info

YouTube may add to Google’s copyright worries | CNET News.com

As you’ve probably heard, Google announced yesterday that it has plans to buy video sharing power house, YouTube. I’m not sure what to think. I love Google and I love YouTube. So this should be a good thing, right? Well, with the spectre of Googlezon hovering just underneath the surface, even I find this a bit creepy. Is Google trying to take over the world? What next? Google buys Harvard?

Also, I am concerned about the impact on YouTube’s format and content. Analysts are speculating that Google will now face an onslaught of lawsuits over YouTube’s copyrighted content. Likely, Google will need to impose some changes in policy at YouTube that make it more difficult to post copyrighted material. I believe that would be unfortunate. If the copyright policy is clearly stated and users choose to ignore it and post copyrighted materials, they should be held personally liable for their own actions. The alternative, more stringent oversight and even censorship on the part of video or music hosting sites, will inhibit the flow of creative and legal content.

Lonelygirl15, you got out just in time!

YouTube may add to Google’s copyright worries | CNET News.com

My Innocence is Shattered – Lonelygirl15 is a FAKE!

Ok, so I’m still learning about Web2.0 and social software. I’m a novice. But I was a happy, innocent novice. I really enjoyed lonelygirl15’s videos on YouTube. I reveled in the thought that there was such a teenager, who actually knew who Gilbert and Sullivan were. I ignored the rumors and buried my head in the sand. Today, my innocence is shattered. I confess to feeling a bit used at the thought that what was portrayed as “real” was actually an experiment! Read more about the admission on Monkey Bites:

“As if the clues weren’t all pointing in this direction already, we now have confirmation. A group of independent filmmakers have been producing the famous LonelyGirl15 videos and posting them on YouTube. Bree and Daniel are actors. Danah Boyd has the full run-down.”

Do we really want the Internet to become just another reality TV show?

Heavy sigh!