Matrix - Who controls the machines...We do. We could crush them....but our life would be changed dramatically.
Russia tried to control video tapes because they thought the control of moving pictures would be too powerful. Printing presses were destroyed in Europe.
New government and copywrite control is about controlling symbols of culture.
Our students need to understand copyright laws
Observation 1: Technology may be used differently than the creator's intent:
"The conclusion one must draw from this case is that new technologies lead to disruptions of old ways of doing things—disruptions that are unanticipated and unpredictable—and so it has been and will continue to be with networked computing. The intended uses of the computer were to further social controls by the elite (ensure communications under conditions of nuclear war); the outcome may be the overturning of certain systems of social control (i.e., the culture industry) (Attali 1985)"
Observation 2: Digitization leads both to increased desire for control as well as increased freedom of speech.
---Fixed vs. Variable Cultural Objects
On February 10, 2004 The Los Angeles Times reported that EMI blocked Brian Burton (also known as DJ Danger Mouse) from distributing "The Grey Album," a composite blend (a "mash-up" or sampling) of the Beatle's White Album and vocals from Jay-Z's "The Black Album." EMI's attempt to prevent the distribution of the album failed, only increasing its dissemination
Copyright LawAuthors, Artists, Creators, InnovatorsdWe all know that artists don't get paid enough. this section tells us how and why that is the case.Peer-to-Peer NetworksA nice and short history of how P2P networks have changed the industryThe Music Industry
This section discusses things that the music industry has done to stifle copying of work. For example, they changed the frequency of cassette tapes to make it hard to copy more than one.
The Politics of Digital MusicConclusion: Alternatives to File Sharing?
The Clinton Administration rapidly increased what constitutes a create act that can be copyrighted.