February 12th, 2009

IDES 322: Intellectual Property

Alex Gilbert

Last week, everyone was assigned the task of shooting some photography, uploading it, and tagging it on Flickr. We've been keeping our eyes on the results of this assignment. We have also collected (almost) everybody's services for aggregation in our class tumbelog.

With all of this content being generated and aggregated in all sorts of different ways, how is our concept of intellectual property holding up? Even as we become numb to the idea of "stealing" digital media, we are also generating our own digital content to which these laws supposedly apply. Larry Lessig is a lawyer and a champion of this very issue and his work is helping us sort out these new definitions.

In our Shirky reading for this week, we will be delving further into Flickr as a case study on how these self organization tools are creating other opportunities that we never would have dreamed of. Week 3 READ: WATCH: CREATE:
  • Your network. Through services like Flickr, Twitter, Delicious, Vimeo and Viddler you can all connect your accounts with your classmates and with others around the world. At the end of this week, you should all have friended or followed each other in as many services as you have signed up for.
  • In addition to connecting with your friends and classmates, you should also be looking for other artists and professionals that you can connect with through these tools. Examples: Clay Shirky is on Twitter, Adam Greenfield is on Flickr and Delicious, Brian Crabtree uses Vimeo. Who are the people that interest you?
  • You can continue to write your thoughts on the assignments as comments on this post or you could consider the option of writing your responses in your own blog. If you do the latter, you will need to link to this post from within your response to create a trackback. Think about how this can be an asset to you as you begin to collect these thoughts and essays on your own blogs.
Alex Gilbert

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