Copyright laws have been a topic of discussion recently as they are changing and becoming more and more restrictive. Additionally, monitoring issues regarding copyright is an extremely difficult task as billions of pieces of media are exposed to the Internet and tracking where they come from can be nearly impossible. The article “The Practice of Everyday Media Life” uses blogs as an example to show how tracking an idea is nearly impossible. It mentions that often blog entries are comments or opinions about an idea copied from another user online. Therefore although producers of information want to protect their information I believe that in today’s world, once you post content online it is subject to criticism, comments, opinions and more from online consumers. This is simply due to the massive amount of online users. Additionally as the article “The cultural logic of media convergence” points out the new innovative media technologies have made sharing and producing media an easy task by reducing cost and improving efficiency. There are also a wide variety of delivery platforms that allow users to distribute their media easily. Due to this, building a robust and freely accessible cultural commons in the face of restrictive copy laws can be very difficult. I think it’s important to not the difference between copyright issues and discussing of commenting on media. For example, if someone were to publish a study and I were to blog about the study claiming it’s my study then I would be in violation of copyright laws. However if I were to make it clear I did not produce the study and write a blog criticizing the study I am simply referring to the idea in the copyright content, not copying it. I believe that these negotiations between media producers and large industries trying to protect their online media are difficult however by understand and making people aware of the difference between copyright issues and discussing the media we can work to building a robust online community where peoples information is protected however information is also freely accessible.
Jenkins, H. (2004) The Cultural Logic of Media Convergence International Journal of Cultural Studies March 2004 7: 33-43