Ethical and Legal Issues in Media Arts

How do we decide what is appropriate to copy or use from the internet? Are you able to develop a code that you go by to decide what is the right thing to do?

Do you know what copyright is? What has a copyright?

In groups of 3, you will discuss a question that relates to copyright

Taking a Critical look at Copyright laws

We have spoken a little bit about the legal issues surrounding media arts.  They are constantly changing, specifically because of the rise of the internet.  It is so easy now to access media through the web.  However, we do have to use that access in a responsible manner.

Copyright laws have been made to protect work that others have made.  A major question for students and teachers is:

Can they use copyright-protected works to create new works?

The Copyright Act contains a users’ right permitting anyone, not just
students and teachers, to use copyright-protected works to create
new works. This users’ right is referred to in the Copyright Act as
“non-commercial user-generated content.” This users’ right can
be found in section 29.21 of the Copyright Act as amended by the
Copyright Modernization Act. The following conditions apply to the
creation of non-commercial user-generated content:
1. It can only be used for non-commercial purposes.
2. The original source must be mentioned, if it is reasonable to do so.
3. The original work used to generate the content must have been
acquired legally.
4. The resulting user-generated content does not have a
“substantial adverse effect” on the market for the original work.
This users’ right permits students to use copyright-protected works
to create videos, DVDs, or mash-ups, as long as the conditions above
are all met.
The users’ right permits user-generated content created under
provision of the Copyright Act to be disseminated. Dissemination
includes uses such as posting a video to YouTube or a Web site.

(Taken from Copyright Matters! – Link)

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So we just finished watching a documentary called RIP!  A Remix Manifesto.

It may, or may not have altered your view of copyright.

You are going to type up a reflection on copyright, using Google Docs.
In one paragraph, describe a section in the film that may have changed your view on copyright. In the second paragraph, describe a section in the film that you don’t agree with. Remember that documentaries are biased.

Finally, type up 4-5 statements that make up your code for how you decide what to download.

Here is the Rubric

Rubric for Copyright Document

Thinking Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4
In the description, offers factual, detailed and a vivid analysis General or vague description, with few details; language is simple – a few specific qualities Accurate description – a few details are indicated; language is more precise about qualities Information description – numerous details are indicated; colourful language that notes specific qualities Thorough description – many details are inventoried; rich, specific language encourages further lookin
In their interpretation, provides reasons that are thoughtful and supported by the artwork A single reason is offered, but somewhat uncertain; cannot support reason from the artwork Several, logical reasons for interpretation are offered, both pointed out in the artwork Many, rather thoughtful reasons for interpretation are offered, all indicated in the artwork A variety of insightful, logical reasons for interpretations are offered, all from the artwork
Judgement expresses a personal, informed point of view Unsupported personal point of view; slight connection to the critical analysis process Trite or predictable point of view; some connection in Articulate, genuine point of view; strong connections to the critical analysis process Compelling, mature point of view; astute connections to the critical analysis process.





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