Discussion: Digital Media, Rights Management and the Future of Free.

Reeder Street Fellows Fall 2009 Discussion Series:

Digital Media, Rights Management and the Future of Free.

Tuesday September 22, 2009

In a world where the reproduction, modification and distribution of digital information becomes easier almost daily, there are a host of unanswered questions.  How does copyright apply in the digital realm?  How should it be enforced?  Who should enjoy what rights, and who has responsibilities?  Who will pay for the creation of content if it is expected to be free?  What constitutes fair use? Are newspapers dying?  Should they be saved?  The list goes on.

The one thing that does seem to be for sure is that as digital tech continues becoming more pervasive, there will continue to be winners and losers — those who realize how to adapt their goals to an evolving information landscape, and those who don’t.  Who will win, who will lose, and what does that mean for the rest of us?

Some Reading Material:

Priced to Sell — Is the Future Free?

EFF – What is Fair Use?

Stanford Copyright and Fair Use Center

Harvard Law Professor Defends Student in RIAA case

RIAA in the Classroom

News You Can Lose

Content (A collection of essays by Cory Doctorow — if you for some crazy reason don’t have time to read all of them, I suggest The Microsoft DRM talk and Why is Hollywood making a sequel to the Napster wars?)

Can Kindle Improve on the Book?

What can the Kindle Do?

Copyright enforcement versus privacy

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