Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Readings for Group 3 presentation

Here are readings that pertain to Group 3's topic, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.

First, a news article about the most recent exceptions to the DMCA legislation, added by the Librarian of Congress just last Wednesday:

Second, an article about Internet fandom and the new role copyright law plays in this culture: "Digital Land Grab: Media corporations are stealing our cultural heritage. Can we take it back?"

Also, for your own personal edification (if you want) here's a link to the nitty gritty of the DMCA legislation:


At 11:01 AM, Blogger Greg D. said...

OK, here are some questions to ponder:

- what's the difference between buying for yourself (you might steal) and gifting (likely purchase)?

- to what degree is a song (or a movie, or a TV show) a commodity and to what degree is it an advertisement?

- under what circumstances do artists voluntarily distribute their digital works? (eg. activism, short-term promotion, long-term branding, ideology)

- new sales versus legacy sales (old artists/music/films that you may have bought before)

- "mainstream" sales versus "long tail" subculture sales

- to what degree is it not code, norms, laws, and markets, but TIME that enables or constrains digital copying?


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