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Copyright vs public domain – How many people really don't get it?

Cooks Source: US copyright complaint sparks Twitter and Facebook storm | Media |

…”the web is considered “public domain” and you should be happy we just didn’t “lift” your whole article and put someone else’s name on it!”

This is a view we have to fight as teachers, and it is fascinating that it also exists in an apparently experienced publisher. I am used to it in 16 year olds, but the storm that has kicked off since ‘Cooks Source’ copied an article wholesale has proved that not everyone is falling into this trap.

Obviously, the extreme other end is Rupert Murdoch who doesn’t want anyone seeing his copyright material (see various rants against aggregators, like Google – who then link to the original article on the original site). Lessig would argue that his centre of the road approach of Creative Commons is a way to let people ‘try before you buy’ – and it’s very existence is to hold a line directly between the ignorance of free and the obfuscation of paywall.

While I don’t condone the cyber bullying that has occurred, it is bloody funny.


Measuring Peace in the Media

There have been studies before to show that Watching News Reports can raise stress in viewers, but this is the first to measure the actual violence reported and compare it to the level of violence in the country. Read the rest of this entry

UK Film Industry needs to go no Budget

UK film-makers ‘frittering away millions’ | Business | The Observer

The UK Film Makers are apparently wasting huge amounts of money. I would argue this is on commercially non-viable films that no one wants to see. RThis may be due to our “arts” approach to media rather than a business approach, but we can find a happy medium where we maintain artistic integrity while producing something on budget that actually has an audience.

Rushing half-baked scripts into production, then fixing problems during the shoot or at the editing stage, also took its toll on production costs, Jones warned. So did agents who demanded that their actors got first-class travel, their own makeup artist and a special diet.

“For every cinema ticket sold, 75% goes to the cinema, so what goes back to the film-makers is usually a quarter of the box-office figure,” said Jones. “If you’re running a business, making multimillion-pound productions, you cannot afford routinely to lose money.”

He added that the British film industry could not continue to spend millions of pounds making films that, with the latest technology, should no longer cost more than £500,000. “In 2010 there’s been a tidal wave of new technology – particularly the Canon EOS 5D Mark II, a camera that costs £1,500 and yields images like 35mm film [used in cinemas]. The digital equivalent would have cost £100,000 only a year ago. You don’t need expensive cameras any more.”

So, new direction – let’s train students to organise and budget! Oh, wait… we already do…

And the response…
Chris Jones, the film-maker who likes to say cut | Film |

But there’s something queasy about the other side of this equation too: the finger-wagging tallying of unrecouped funds, with the implication that British film should be solely focused on movies made to turn a profit (often described with varying accuracy as “films people want to see”). All very sexily hard-headed, of course – but at the same time meaningless. Every Hollywood studio exists to make money – they also know that every film is a gamble, and cheap, explicitly commercial movies die lonely deaths at the box office just as often as every other kind.

Gail Dines, anti pornography

Interesting article about the effect porn has on sexual behaviour, body image and attitudes towards women. Might be able to link this into research about regulation, offence & Harm. The internet should be seena s unregulated, and here is a possible case study.

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Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds, Volume I, by Charles Mackay

We find that whole communities suddenly fix their minds upon one object, and go mad in its pursuit; that millions of people become simultaneously impressed with one delusion, and run after it, till their attention is caught by some new folly more captivating than the first.

via Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds, Volume I, by Charles Mackay, 1852.

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YouTube may face court over copyright complaints | Regulation | ZDNet UK

For people who follow the growing business of video-sharing Web sites, the only real surprise about the suit is that it took so long for someone to drag YouTube or one of its ilk into court. More than 150 companies that host user-generated video on their sites have cropped up in the past year, and many of them don't pre-screen the material their users put up though most, including YouTube, include a prohibition against copyright infringement in their user agreement. Too often, critics charge, the rights to those videos are owned by someone other than the poster.

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Media literacy – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Media literacy – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Thinking abut the first unit on my MA, and I would liek to go down this avenue of Regulation and Copyright. Richard suggested a Media Literacy route which seems like a nice idea – maybe looking at the perception of the main issues as well as the issues…
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Seeking Asylum: the rise of Hollywood's Z-movies

Seeking Asylum: the rise of Hollywood’s Z-movies | Film | The Guardian

Seeking Asylum: the rise of Hollywood’s Z-movies

With films like Mega Shark Vs Giant Octopus and Snakes On a Train (yes, Train), production company The Asylum has cornered Hollywood’s bizarre ‘no-budget’ market

John Patterson,, Thursday 30 July 2009 22.00 BST

Jack Perez, the director of the evocatively (and accurately) titled Mega Shark Vs Giant Octopus (released in cinemas on 7 August and on DVD on 10 August), is telling me how things go down in his part of the Hollywood forest, working for the super-low-budget quickie production-company The Asylum, which knocks out a new feature film every month, come rain or come shine. Read the rest of this entry

Demographics in action

If the UK were a village of 100 people… – Features, Health & Families – The Independent

If Britain were a village of 100 people…

17 of the 100 villagers would be under the age of 15, while another 16 would be 65 or over (three of them 80 or over).

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How pornography has fueled technological leaps

Super 8 projectors The Super 8 projector rose to popularity due in part to th…

Interesting article – although they have skipped over the ‘Gutenberg Press’ and the interesting prints that were produced after the bible. And would photography have becom as popular in the first place had it nt been for Porn?