Our Ignorance about Copyright Infringement

“With its library of millions of video clips and simple embedding tools, it is easier than ever to display video on your site or blog, including videos that might be infringing.”

Copyright Risks in Embedding YouTube Clips

(& Copyright and the Internet)

There has always been something going on with the copyright issue. It is indeed a complicated matter which can involve minor unnoticeable stealing or obviously undisguised infringement. Me and the other participants who sat in the Copy Rights and Wrongs discussion had to frown upon the YouTube embedding problem explained in the article. We noticed that we might be doing some copyright infringement without noticing.

I figure that I didn’t embed any illegal videos, because I only provided links to all the videos I wanted to include in my blog posts. Although, I probably have done something “wrong” when creating one of my DS 106 assignments…oh well, don’t sue me lynch.!

So what is the big deal about copyright infringement? It is important to each rightholders who have to take care of their intellectual property. We too, are rightholders who upload our creations online and are being protected by the law. The article’s topic specifically evolves around the risks in embedding YouTube videos, but the more serious matter is the possible copyright infringement we commit by our ignorance.

Innocence nor ignorance can be forgiven. The rightholders out there are forgivable at large, however, the possibility of awful lawsuits need to be remembered. Consider Disney, who continuously sparks numerous lawsuits. They sue and they are also sued by artists and producers who claim that their works have been illegally used without permission. I guess their business method isn’t praiseful. Yet, I also think their response is logical.

Blogging has allowed us to be self-published and social-networking websites have let us “share” information, but were we educated with the basic manners we need online? A place so wild like the Internet is like a paradise of copyright infringements. It’s a never-ending story if you think of the innumerable Internet users and the massive amount of information there is. Thus, the danger of yourself getting indicted seems low. Even so, one should keep in mind that it’s never too late to start being aware of it. Begin by checking if you have embedded an illegal YouTube clip.

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Online Freedom and Uncle Sam.

“That cemented control of all-important .com and .net domains with a U.S. company – VeriSign – putting every website using one of those addresses firmly within reach of American courts regardless of where the owners are located – possibly forever.”

Uncle Sam: If It Ends in .Com, It’s .Seizable

One of the memorable Privacy and Surveillance discussion I had to comment on is this issue about American authority’s arrogant control over the countless number of online sites. As one of the minor Internet users, I was plainly shocked to hear that any foreign-based sites with the domains under U.S. government control can be seized any time.

Strong Uncle Sam.

.Com, .net, .org, .biz, and so on are all globally popular domain names. In the particular incident reported in the article above, Bodog.com was seized, potentially because the registry was an American company (VeriSign) and probably had many gambling participants within the U.S. It doesn’t matter where the site owners are, or where they registered the domains.

The fate of all the online sites is in the government’s hands, or is it not? Considering the hacker group Anonymous’s recent massive retaliation on government websites for Megaupload raids and Wikipedia’s protest, it seems that the problem is getting nowhere. I’m sure the Internet users who invested money to the site (s) are angered. There would have been an incredible number of people involved, since in case of Megaupload, it is actually “Mega”-popular. Overall, the issue can simply bring out political debate.

Freedom is achieved by great expense. However, it certainly is dismaying to know even the freedom of speech can be seized from us any time soon.

Thanks to Alex for the discussion. His blog post on the article can be found here.

I Never Use LOLs.

LulzSec Hackers Arrested

White, gray, or black? What is the color of their hat? I started off with finding the definition of the term “hacker” before searching on LulzSec (Lulz Security). The group was stuck in my head for a while after learning about them in class, because of that Pringles mascot-like logo. From what I found, the word “hacker” seemed to be a generalized term in the media.

We often identify them as something negative, while in reality, there’s a distinction between the ones who actual do harm and the ones who don’t. It happens to be that LulzSec is often referred to as gray hat hackers. Gray is an intermediate color that’s neither black or white, and gray hat hackers like LulzSec do act illegally, though in more of a cooperative way to point out security vulnerability.hats

The article I chose to present “Authorities: Hackers Busted When 1 Turns Informant”  informs the LulzSec members’ arrest. These five suspects on two different continents were arrested by the assistance of the LulzSec former leader known as Sabu. He has been an FBI informant since he was captured earlier in June. Scrolling down another related article some angry anonymous are commenting on the twenty-eight-year-old unemployed legendary hacker as a backstabber.

He surely did betray his comrades of LulzSec and Anonymous (another hacktivist community that has recently been involved with SOPA issue). However, there is always no guarantee that all the information you give into the Internet is safe. Also, you can never trust a stranger online no matter how well you get to know the person. Besides, the fact that what the hackers (or crackers) do is ultimately harassing somebody else does seem to be a reason for the Feds to put an end to them. I guess the lesson here is that you should “trust no one”.

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