Sunday, May 6, 2012

Week 1 Comment Entry for: Duwaine Jenkins

Duwaine Jenkins' Post: Week 1-Fair Use
As I look at these videos, I reflected on how much I may have infringed on someone else's work. In my classes I used to take video clips and start discussions with them. I thought the idea after watching "Dream On", a comedy on HBO. I would use clips from Disney movies all the time, thinking that since it's animation, I wouldn't have to worry about material being too sensitive. Well I'm glad that my idea never went viral or anything, because when it does, it starts to cost.
The underlying theme here to me was that money was the underlying theme. I am very saddened that many works will never be seen, because the filmmaker didn't have enough cash to keep his documentary current. This happened with the film "Eyes on the Prize", a movie about the Civil Rights movement. Half a million dollars to renew? In my personal opinion, this is still an attack or an effort to erase a vital component in American history.

My Comment:

  1. Duwaine, I like you often found myself infringing on someone’s else’s work by using videos and photos to teach teachers how to integrate some piece of technology. What’s worst is that I would say to them, “I know that we have to be aware of copyright when we’re working with our students, but this is not being published and is for educational purposes for this instruction.” How foolish! I knew better then and definitely know better now.

    As you explained your use of the media to start discussions and as I used it to demonstrate technology, I now better understand the term, “Fair-Use”. The definition as explained by Peter Laszi, the lawyer makes it clear for us not to stop doing what we do but do it better and more focused. He says that using somebody else’s copyrighted music, pictures or words without paying or asking permission is fair-use as long as it benefits society more than it hurts the copyright holder. So your opinion that the film “Eyes on the Prize” is “still an attack or an effort to erase a vital component in American history” should be thought of as something that can be erased because of the definition of Fair-Use. Would it not be fair to say that the film would benefit society more than it would hurt the copyright holder?

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