In my mind, this is a great example of: just because you can, and technology makes it easy, does not mean the activity is permitted and/or legal. I see this as a missed opportunity to enlighten the readership, promote ethical use of content and demonstrate digital citizenship. After work, I was sharing my ‘find’ with @hniezen and @rebrouse. We were debating whether or not I would point this out to the editor of the publication. I think we landed on yes, so I will craft an email to explore the situation further.
UK Guardian: digital economy bill
Digital Rights Management in Canada
Internet abuse and ISP liability
Internet Piracy Copyright Law in Canada
Canadian Journal of Communication: Bill C-60 and Copyright in Canada commentary
Enjoy the reading and learning.
2 thoughts on “Tech Tip: Not what I expected”
Interesting, Mark. There are lots of such tutorials on the internet but this is the first that I’ve heard of people putting it into real paper print. I suspect that most people just don’t read the TOS. Stephen Downes commented on a recent post I made here. http://www.downes.ca/archive/09/11_27_news_OLDaily.htm Another interesting perspective. I suspect that most people feel that way.
Youtube should allow owners of the content to specify the licence to use the content, much as Flickr does with its integration with creative commons.
Of course, Youtube encourages the embedding of videos on other websites. That allows them to serve ads and retain the control over the content. That should be the approach people take for sharing videos on their sites.
But I agree with you technology has made a lot possible. I am certainly in favour of following the law. But digital technology has advanced faster than copyright law, and I think there needs to be a discussion on how to protect owners rights over their content and enable sharing and exchange of information.