Right to Copy?

Nicole Ponsford | Friday, October 28, 2011 | 0 Comments

Copyright is an issue. You are probably more aware of it when you go to the cinema, or when your students want to take pictures of others on their phones. But what is the big deal? Piracy is a huge issue at the moment, and mainly with our new online sharing. As Dan Sabbagh from The Guardian reports:

The intriguing point is that the relationship between copyright laws and media success in the digital era is not particularly obvious.

Books may have the benefit of a ludicrously long copyright term, of 70 years after the author’s death, but even so there are plenty of out of print writers.

You can download all sorts of Gutenberg classics on an e-reader, which might not bode well for Penguin Classics, but otherwise the book business is in good health. Printed book sales may have crossed the £1bn mark two weeks later than last year (although that was in September, before the Booker effect), but while printed sales are perhaps 5% down on last year, somewhere between 9-10% of the overall business is now digital and most of us don’t have Kindles or Apple gizmos yet.

If you skip over to this week’s FilmEdu blog you will hear about how Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan will be out of pocket by $200,000 (£125,686) to secure release of his latest film, Ra.One.

MediaEdu Editor, Jeremy Orlebar, has a great guide to help you get your head around it before you teach your students about it:

People are often concerned about using photographs in publications, videos or websites that they have not taken themselves. This article should help with the complex copyright issues.

The basic rule for anyone taking photographs now is that the photographer owns the copyright of the photograph.

We also have a great piece for more help and even a quiz. All available in full for our members - with no pirates at all. Promise.

Link: MediaEdu | Copyright Quiz

Link: MediaEdu | Understanding Copyright

Link: MediaEdu | Copyright and Images

Link: Guardian Article

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Tags: censorship,copyright,creative commons,dan sabbagh,gutenberg,online sharing,piracy,regulation,right to copy,shah rukh khan


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