[Air-L] time out please
ell at bumail.bradley.edu
Fri Aug 10 15:44:46 PDT 2007
I've been overly involved in this one.
I'm sorry if I've taxed your patience.
The positions I've taken today have sounded very "establishment." My
actual belief system is somewhat contrary to some of what I've noted.
In general, what I believe about IP law is this:
this new media climate is REALLY challenging for IP law.
I teach about it all the time, usually AGAINST the current regime.
"WE the people" have NOT been adequately represented by our elected
officials in these matters.
They've given over law making, for 100 years, to industry legal beagles.
So now that the law has to apply to everyman, it can't cause it was
written by and for the big content industries.
And the law changes real slow. And the last time it changed (DMCA) it
headed further against users. We have no IP law for new media users.
However, we DO have a lot of IP law that IS still in place and DOES
get applied, everyday. Just because many ignore it does NOT make it
irrelevant. And of course, US IP law does not in every place apply.
In general what I believe about data collection is that informed
consent is pretty darned important and that, generally speaking,
human subjects should be protected as thoroughly as we can. Having
said that, I've both done a lot of field research and taught a lot
about it.. . and I'm real clear about the various nuances of public/
private & permissions. I did my dissertation using a recording
walkman, set on record in full view, without any permissions, in
retail shops, among random and anonymous subjects who were totally
unaware they were research subjects. That work would be illegal today
and I wouldn't be able to get the permission of the stores--I did
then. It was legal 25 years ago in the states in which I did the
work . . . so I understand both sides of the fence. I tend, now, to
be a bit more conservative about such matters than I was in my
graduate school days (and I almost NEVER use the C word to describe
the nature of the internet certainly complicates all of these matters
I need to stop harping now. ... please understand if I don't answer
your worthy questions past this post. . . my hands hurt. Thank you
for listening to my rantings today . . . maybe we helped clarify
issues for some readers; maybe not. In any case, I continue to
monitor the list of esteemed colleagues, in who almost every case
know WAY more than do I about internet research, with interest and
Edward Lee Lamoureux, Ph. D.
Associate Professor, Multimedia Program
and Department of Communication
Co-Director, New Media Center
1501 W. Bradley
Peoria IL 61625
AIM/IM & skype: dredleelam
Second Life: Professor Beliveau
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