Copyright – This week’s post

First, take the copyright quiz…then read on.

We’ve been talking about copyright. Often the owner of a copyrighted work does not give you permission to remix, mashup, change anything. And yet there are websites and computer applications that make it REALLY easy for you to do so. Here are some questions, pick at least one to answer, you can answer more if you want.

*Include an image from Stock.xchng (search for something that can be copyrighted…ex. music, book, etc.) Copy and include the URL from the page where you found your image (click on the image!!).

  1. Should the old rules of copyright change? Why or why not?
  2. How much are YOU willing to share your own creative work? Explain how much you’d be willing to share (a drawing? a song? a perfomance? a book?).
  3. Do you think companies should share a little more, or should they protect their products? What would be the pros or cons of a company taking off copyright protection and allowing you to adapt their work?
  4. Do you have any experiences with being asked to remove copyrighted work? From which website?

Don’t forget an image! Sample:

http://www.sxc.hu/photo/36424