Stephen Downes

Knowledge, Learning, Community
I like the way this one starts: "The music industry's educational video about copyright law is full of baloney, according to several trade and public interest groups." The point of the article is to highlight contradictions in the RIAA's campaign, which is essentially to make people think it's always wrong and illegal to download or copy a song. The problem is, this sentence is false, even you agree with the law as it is written. The RIAA declarations do not take into account personal use, educational use, and fair use. And even the article doesn't mention open content and Creative Commons licensed works - I have been downloading a number of these in the last couple of weeks, and it is perfectly legal. Is copying always wrong? Not by a long shot. So shouldn't there be some sort of sanction for, say, lying?

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Stephen Downes Stephen Downes, Casselman, Canada
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