The Subversive View of Copyright

Doug Johnson, The Blue Skunk Blog, Apr 02, 2008
Commentary by Stephen Downes

I don't think there's anything particularly 'subversive' about the attitude described here. In short: YouTube's Terms of Service prohibit downloading videos for future use; what do you tell your students? Doug Johnson writes, "I say go ahead and download YouTube videos regardless of what the 'terms' say." Quite right, in my view. Terms of Service are not law. We have certain rights (fair use among them) and we ought to be exercising them more. But more to the point, "We should stop wasting our time fussing about this petty ante stuff." It's just not a big deal, but educators are being brainwashed into thinking that it is. See also iTunes and the Social Contract of Fair Use, from E-Commerce Times, which takes a similar stance.
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