Module 12 (Part Deux) | COPYRIGHT & OTHER LEGAL ISSUES

So this week were taking a closer look at the copyright of digital content and the legal issues that it entails. As my cohort  already said in his post I am your second discussion leader who will be mucking through the copyright jungle with you this week.

What stood out the most to me as I made my way through the readings was how the themes of potential, risk, accessibility, and balance are present even in this discussion of digital topics. There is a lot potential for libraries under 17 U.S.C. § 108; and groups like the Hathitrust and DPLA are great example of that, though it means taking a risk. But while the court side with the Hathitrust it recently sided against ReDigi, ruling in the favor Capitol Records dealing a blow to first sale of digital content. It is becoming increasingly apparent that digital content is a different creature and yet it seems that we’ve been trying to force into the pigeon holes of physical content copyright, a “square in a rectangle hole”, there is something missing and it may just be the understanding that digital content is like renting, but in a more general sense there is a desperate need for balance; without such we will continue remain in this mire of copyright question marks.

#1-Do you think groups like Hathitrust and DPLA will inspire other libraries to be bolder regarding digitization moving forward?

#2- ReDigi has already said that they plan to return with “ReDigi 2.0”. What do you see as the future of first sale for digital content? Is it possible?

#3- Related t first sale, do you agree with the blog post that said we have lost a lot of ground and can that ground be retaken?

#4- Do you think that it should be unlawful to remove DRM from digital content if the purpose is to make the title more accessible (ie. read a kindle book on a nook)? What about moding or jail-breaking devices?

And one final thought from the interview with Dan Cohen about DPLA.

“My kids adore our local library, and our extensive use of that public library has also led us to buy hundreds of electronic and printed books. I hope I’m not alone in thinking that it’s better to have a nation of voracious readers who get some of their books for free than a nation of intermittent readers who always pay.” -Dan Cohen

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