fredag 4 april 2008

Copyright och copywrong?

It´s quite understandable that the printing press and the possibility of copying litterature and other works easily makes people wan´t to regulate this. The issue here concernes always. It´s so obvious that the easier it´s to copy somthing the regulations are getting stronger and stronger. We see this all to clear today when filesharing has become a culture and the movie and music companies are trying to prosecute every other little youngster that has donwloaded a movie och CD. It wasn´t that easy before to copy musik and movies when we had casette tapes and VCR´s. This is what interests me and when reading the history of copyright one can notice that technical advances hurry up´s the need of regulation. After listening to Lawrence Lessig´s presentation it´s clear that our history in copyright-thinking needs to be reevaluated so that the copyright-advocaters will narrow and lock in important material and only grant access of this information for those who can pay for the information. As We saw in the Walt Disney example the material has been more regulated today than it was before. Lessig´s refrain is important to remember: Creativity and innovation always builds on the past and The past always tries to control the creativity that builds on it. When thinking of this one understands that control is bad for creativity and that it´s shattering for creativity.

When reading the text of Ahrash Bissell and Jamie Boyle one see the difficulties combining policies and licences. In Sweden we have a speciell licence in copying books (not digital copies though) where students and institutions are allowed to copy some of the material in books. But nowadays when more and more of our information and litterature are digital we´ve seen that nothing from the other principles are usefull in the OER-discussion.

At our university we´re now trying to create an overall policy regarding the material in regarding lectures, powerpoint etc. but it isn´t easy and there are many of our colleges that doesn´t understand the benefit of showing and sharing this information to the world, or at least in Sweden.

I think that the Copyright discussion has gone completely wrong and therefore the copyright privilegies has been transformed into Copy"wrong"rights.

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