I’ve been spending the last few weeks working on some resources for the new Diploma in ICT, specifically the Multimedia unit. It’s been taking up most of my non-training time, hence I’ve been neglecting the blog a little…

This week I’ve been looking into some of the copyright laws, because we want students to be aware of that when looking for digital resources for their project. I’ve been writing factfiles that explain the difference between copyright-free and royalty-free, and phrases like public domain and creative commons etc.

This morning I was catching up with my backlog of RSS feeds and this post from Lauren O’Grady caught my eye as it was on the subject of copyright

I’m still personally uneasy about how big business is trying to totally stifle all aspects of copying. I still think some element of music and video sharing is a way of generating business. Watching a youtube video of a new band to see if I like them and then going and buying their album – that kind of thing. And as always it’s the little guys who get thwarted by copy protection on things like games with legitimate versions not working properly, while the pirates can bypass most security anyway.

Anyway, this is a very thought-provoking video. Take a look, and maybe leave your comments on Lauren’s blog.