Copyright or Wrong

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Most artists have concerned about to get a copyright license for their works. As we know it is a necessary step for everyone to protect their creations. In article “Copyright or wrong“, Simon, a British writer, has provided the most basic rules for copyright. By reading his article, we can redefine a clearer image of copyright.

What is the exact meaning of copyright? Copyright is a protection for one’s original works, such as arts and scientific discoveries. Copyrights prevent those original works from being copied, accessed or grabbed by anybody.

As a Copyright holder, has the ownership of one’s works and the right to get profit from it. According to Simon’s opinion, copyright is being created once you produce something artistic, it could be a writing, drawing or photographing etc. A writer, who holds a copyright, has the right to recreate his or her writing into whatever it was desired to be, as well as has the right to let other to use that works. In addition, it is also allowed if the copyright holders want to transfer the rights to other people. Even though, writers might get profit from selling their copyrights, they will definitely have opportunity cost of losing their own works.

Basically, copyrights laws in each country are different. For example, a writer can has right to retain their copyright for 70 years long in UK. It is reasonable for people who create master works.However, in U.S cinema and photographic works have a minimum period of protection of 50 and 25 years upon the date of creation, respectively.

There are two type rights that contain in the copyright for writers. According to author’s explanation, First the Serial Right, which is a right for the writers to allow magazines or similar organizations to publish their artistic works. Second, the Electronic Right, which is an offer for websites to use their works.

The copyright laws are not perfect, there are still many vague areas. For example, Simon mentions about the fair use among copyright law in UK.”If a poem has 4 lines, and someone quoted 1 line, it begs the question – is quoting 25% of the text ‘fair use’? A novelist would be upset if someone quoted 25% of their novel! This is why it can get tricky”It is hard to distinguish what is fair use, and what is not. On the other hand, there is no copyright in titles; however, some distinctive titles may be subject to other forms of legal protection, such as a trademark. Moreover, there is no copyright in ideas or plot. The most confusing rule is that HTML coding, web pages, and blog stuffs cannot be copyrighted. For example, if someone copy HTML file from one web page to another web page, this case will not be claimed copyright. And also a blogger does not need to register a copyright license for one blog post, because it is occurred while him writing it. However, if someone write HTML coding and design web page, the idea of page will be applied to copyright.

(Resourse from Professor Lockman’s Scoop channel)


Vice Online- Internet addiction: Why you need to disconnect

In the section Vice Online, an article Internet addiction:  Why you need to disconnect   reveals a situation that people are getting addicted on internet. We might ask ourselves a question that how often do we check or update a post on Twitter or Facebook?

Personally I believe Social Network services offer us a wide space to get vivid information and a connection with others. However, some people, especially young people  use the online services in an unhealth way.They spend so much time on serfing internet. For example, they often check what others are doing or update what they do daily.

Why do people rely on internet connection more than the connection in the real life? The author explains that the main reason why they rely on internet  is because they may feel lonely in the real life.  People can get self-satisfaction via Facebook or other applications, because they feel someone listen and pay attention to them. This kind of ‘instant gratification’ results them started to escape from the reality and getting addicted on the internet. By over showing their private lives, it may contains potential dangers and somehow damaging their real reationships.

On the other hand, the addiction of online networld will result them lost connection with their real relatives, and finally realized that the fantasy world of internet does not exist. The author claims that “Life is ugly, messy, chaotic. If you spend too much time trying to comfort yourself and control your environment, you’re escaping from the realities of life. ” To escape from the reality can not bring a real joy for anyone, this warning noticed us the dangerous results of online addiction.



Section: Fear and Loathing Online

In the  Fear and Loathing Online section, our class divided into several groups. Everyone has the right to choose their presenters with different topics. It is really intereting way to learn a new lecture and to interact with others.

For section Everywhere Malware, I joined Jay ‘s group and learned about the insecurity is not only happens on computer, and also among our smart phones. According to the article “Googler speaks of mobile security, says anti-virus companies are playing with your fears” Jay explains what can be done to protect computers from Malware, and suggests that ESET could be the best software to protect our computers. Nowadays, checking email, updating a post or online shopping, everything became so much easier after the Smart Phone comes out. People can use the Internet anytime at most locations. If hackers can invade one’s computer, so what is different with a smart phone. Perhaps it is time to concern about our smart phones’ securities. Because most Smart Phones still don’t have strong protection systems. Even the Black Berry  is not 100% guaranteed to protect owner’s information. I agree with Jay, the protection of our smart phones seems necessary, especially for someone who use the smart phone for business.

In Copyright or wrong section, I found this video from Professor Lockman’s Scoop channel.
This is not the topic I chose for my section group presentation,but I would like to share it with everyone.
I really like this author’s creation on Prezi,and learned clear view about Creative Commons.
Unlike Copy right that takes long time to register,Creative Commons seems really convenient and useful. The internet has provided the fastest way to sharing works with others. I believe Creative Common is more suitable in this circumstances.