Legal issues in Entertainment -yunlong

Nowadays the Internet is a wide-open source for information, entertainment, and communication. Many people believe that anything and everything go in the cyberspace; Most of Internet users who sharing music or movies say they do not care about whether the file they have shared is copyrighted.

However with anything new there will be many legal issues related to this new model of doing business. Legal issues in entertainment are certainly nothing new, but we should be alert to the risks.

Download and copyright in social network:

Every day, there are many of computer users share files in social networks. Which includes the music, movies, or games, file sharing can give people access to a wealth of information. You can download special software that connects to your computer to an informal network of other computers running the same software. Millions of users could be connected to each other through this software at one time. The software often is free and easily accessible. So what kind software is doing the downloading and sharing in us? It’s called “Peer-to-Peer Sharing”. It’s based on the cooperative sharing of thousands of individual users. P2P works by having participants voluntarily install special file-sharing software on their machines. Once that P2P software is in place, these users start to trade music MP3 and AVI files of their favorite songs and movies. The sharing works by each user sharing little bits at a time. No charge, no cost…it’s almost as easy as doing a Google search.

However it is illegal to share in-copyright files with other users online. Basically, those songs, movies, or soft wares that can be purchased are considered to be in-copyrights. In other words, a popular song that you’d buy online or at store, a movie that you’d see at a movie theater or buy on dvd, a TV show that could be sold as a dvd, or a software program or game you buy at a store are all good examples of copyrighted or otherwise protected data. This factor has lead to a situation that people’s choice to be limited. Although user can search many files from some well-know providers like Amazon and iTunes, a fact is that user will not have legal permission to read the whole content until they pay for it.

Therefore, When you register for any of social site,Please read the user instructions carefully,

Sharing in Social Networks:

In the digital age, people, particularly younger generations, tend to share more than they should. People share self-created content online like photos, videos, artwork or stories.  For teens, the problem is over sharing; it’s not just the act itself, but the issues it can lead to down the line. Take the 15 years old who posted photos of money in his home, which was later burgled. Then there’s the college student who worked as a waitress and had a couple occupy a table for three hours and leave a $5 tip. She complained about the customers on social network, which was against company policy. She thought her Facebook settings kept her boss from seeing what she posted. She was wrong. Sure, sharing online seems like a natural instinct. On Facebook, for example, it’s easy to go back and enjoy the memories, photos, and important dates you’ve posted. That has its value. Until the sharing leads to problems like those faced by the teens mentioned above. Nobody wants to be in that situation. So we need to avoid over sharing.

The above examples only scratch the surface of the various copyrights and sharing issues you can run into on a daily basis, which leaves the question of “how do I communicate and share online without putting myself at risk?” While there’s currently no clear answer, but maybe you can ask yourself one simple question: “does this feel wrong to me?” While the answer may not always guide you to a fully legal answer, as copyright and sharing law is currently comprised of so many gray areas, your own moral compass is often your most reliable guide.

Resource

http://www.pewinternet.org/Reports/2010/Social-Media-and-Young-Adults/Part-3/6-Content-Creation.aspx

http://www.journalgazette.net/article/20130226/ENT/130229617/1007

http://kansan.com/news/2013/03/12/copyright-alert-system-cracking-down-on-illegal-downloading/

http://stirtoaction.com/sharing-in-compulsive-times/

http://www.computerhope.com/issues/ch001042.htm

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