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ENGR 101/HUM 200: Technology and Society November 29, 2005.

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1 ENGR 101/HUM 200: Technology and Society November 29, 2005

2 Agenda Schedule for presentations Creating an effective poster Lecture: Copyright/copyleft/intellectual property

3 Creating a Poster Start.html

4 Copyright Copyright anxiety with computer technology is associated with –Piracy –Working with electronic information (copying, working with copies, saving multiple copies, etc.) “Copying is an ongoing, necessary, and inevitable component of using electronic information.” –Ethan Katsh, 1995

5 Copyright in Context Print spurred the emergence of copyright –“fixity” of a work different from the manuscript culture that dominated previously; degradation of copies “Engine of free expression” Software carries both the restrictions of copyright law and a license –when you buy a novel, it doesn’t come with a license Time-shifting Fair Use –purpose and character of use; nature of original work; amount taken; economic impact

6 Sharing or Stealing "If nature has made any one thing less susceptible than all others of exclusive property, it is the action of the thinking power called an idea...He who receives an idea from me, receives instruction himself without lessening mine; as he who lights his taper at mine, receives light without darkening me. That ideas should freely spread from one to another over the globe, for the moral and mutual instruction of man, and improvement of his condition, seems to have been peculiarly and benevolently designed by nature, when she made them, like fire, expansible over all space, without lessening their density at any point, and like the air in which we breathe, move, and have our physical being, incapable of confinement or exclusive appropriation. Inventions then cannot, in nature, be a subject of property." --Thomas Jefferson

7 The DMCA Passed in 1998 by Congress Designed to protect copyright –Anti-circumvention In practice, eliminates fair use ability (Section 1201) –Princeton Univ Professor Edward Felton (with RICE, PARC) SDMI and watermarking, conference paper in 2001, threatened lawsuit –2600 Magazine Never used DeCSS software, didn’t develop it, published info about it and linked to it –TIVO; Slashdot, and more

8 Fears of “Internet Piracy” Prosecute people who use tools to infringe on copyrighted material OR Prosecute people who develop tools that can be used for fair use

9 Aspects of Copyright Laws UOP and skipping through DVD commercials (copyright holder rights vs. private individual rights while viewing in own home) Encryption software as arms dealing

10 Different Tactics on Protecting IP Red v. Blue Disney Fan communities Digital Media Consumer Rights’ Act of 2005 (HR 1201)

11 Next Class Read Lessig


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