Copy, right?

I feel that I do pay attention to most copyrights and regulations. I have never downloaded a movie or song without paying for it. I do feel that once something has been paid for once it is okay to share it. I have purchased CDs and made copies for my friends and they have done the same for me. I do watch movies online on youtube or stagevu without paying for them. I guess this is not good sometimes becuase I didn’t pay to view it the first time. If I go see the movie that I watch via stageview in the theatres this means I have paid to view it one, so any means that I watch it in the future by should be okay, right?

I admit I do somtimes copy pictures that are not meant to be copied. I was doing a research prroject on clothing in 1905 for another class and I needed photos from that era to see what people were wearing way back when. Some of the sites I went to wouldn’t let me right click and copy the image, so I took a screen shot of it. I do always give credit it I use an internet source in a project or paper. I think that the copyright rules and regulations do serve a purpose and creators deserve credit for their pieces.

Internet Use and Copyright Thoughts

I never paid too much attention to copyright laws when it came to my use of the internet.  Obviously, whenever I use online sources for academic purposes I adheer the ‘fair use’ requirements of giving credit to the originator of the material and never try to make money off of it.   I try to avoid websites that provide file sharing and illegal downloading of movies and tv shows because I’ve heard horror stories of viruses and threatening emails that usually accompany such use.  I guess the copyright law does influence my internet use because it influences my decision not to use or download such material.

I’ve read articles in the past about a teenage girl who illegally downloaded songs from limewire (or a similar file sharing platform) and was fined over 20k.  This story scared me and after my parents heard the story they warned me from ever using such material.  Also, I did a presentation on copyright laws and intellectual property in a previous comm arts class and read the repercussions of such activity.  Fan-made websites using others’ ideas/material have been shut-down and even been threatened with ridiculous law suits.  All of these warnings have certainly influence my internet use.  Instead of trying to capitalize on others’ intellectual material, I just passively participate in online content by reading and spreading it around by word of mouth.


So my experience with copy right issues never seem to be an issue until the last few years and even then it has not greatly effected how I use the internet. I can remember being a freshman and using “Limewire” do download music. I didn’t really register that I was doing something wrong until I got a notice from house fellow saying that the UW was aware of what I was doing and the notice asked me to stop immediately. I thought this was kind of weird just because I hardly used “Limewire” and when I did it was only to download a song or two. Pretty much everyone on my floor received these notices so I didn’t feel that bad, nevertheless I still stopped.

The next time I ran into this was actually last year when my then- roommate actually received a letter from Paramount asking telling her that if she didn’t stop illegally downloading movies they would move forward… kind of scary for her. I was always wondering how she was able to blog about her top 5 picks for Oscar nominees when the films were barley out of theaters. I don’t know exactly what my roommate was using but whatever it was she stopped using it immediately. Overall, that’s a relatively extreme case of copyright issues.

I do however see why entertainment industries do try to control and regulate usage in order to protect what is theirs. However, I personally download music from time to time and use cites like “Channel 131” to watch episodes of Dexter but other than that I cant really say that these copyrights issues affect me too much.

copyrighting and other regulations

When I experience content online, I hardly notice the copyrighting and regulations that come along with that content. For the most part, I “accept” the terms of agreement for all sites without actually reading the terms, which I can safely assume is what everyone else does as well. I buy most of my music legally (mostly due to the fact that I don’t know how to illegally download free music to my computer and am too scared of opening a corrupt file). However, I watch a LOT of TV online. Many of the sites I use to watch certain TV shows are not legal distributors of the content. However, I do not care that the site I am on is illegal if it has the content that I am looking for. As far as content I personally produce on the internet, I honestly have not put much thought into regulation. I often re-post blogs or videos that I find entertaining or amusing to share with my friends on Facebook or Twitter; I have never thought about someone copying the content I produce online, but it now makes me want to think twice before I post something on the internet.

I’m okay with being illegal

I have to say I am a lot like everyone else in this department.  When I am entering a site I do not pay attention to “terms and agreements” and I usually just click “accept” to get where I want to be faster.  I understand this clearly defeats the purpose of “terms and agreements” because after clicking “I accept” people then go ahead and abuse the internet.  I do not exploit the internet in any way, for the most part.

It has become a large part of our culture to “steal” things off of the internet.  Regretfully, I have to admit I do this A LOT.  On MOJO  I’m taking peoples music while I’m in the library and we’re on the same network.  While at my internship this past summer, I spent a large part of my time illegally downloading Final Cut Pro and Microsoft Office 2011 (I don’t know if I should really be putting this stuff in writing).

Although I do illegally take these things from various sites, I would never call them my own product or sell them somewhere else.  When you have to write a paper and you use outside information, you have to cite your source, otherwise you are plagiarizing.  My downloads are not plagiarism because I clearly know I do not have the technology or the mental capacity to create a program like Final Cut Pro–I just didn’t exactly pay for it.

I think it is also interesting to note that we are so willing to give our information out to various sites (like when a website will ask you to “connect to facebook”).  A friend of mine sent me this link that is pretty creepy.. but it does make a commentary on the fact that you should not hand out your personal information and have it so readily available for anyone to see.


I think I experience content online in a pretty normal way. Most of the time when I am entering a website, I will just click “agree” to the terms and service without actually looking at what I am agreeing to. I often just assume that I wont be breaking any rules, such as stealing content, so I will just accept without knowing my fate. However, I understand why the regulations are there. I think many people, especially with sites like youtube, will create video clips or post videos that are taken from other websites. I understand how this is breaking regulations because it is taking someone else’s content. I do believe though that the web creators are aware of this, as many videos on youtube have messages that say they had to be taken down because of copyright infringement.

The only time I am every using other people’s content is for school purposes. If I am making a slideshow or showing the class a video, I will always site the source. I would never take information or content from a website without acknowledging that it isn’t my direct creation. I think it is important for websites to have these rules and regulations because it gives protections to the creator. The Internet is a tricky thing because anyone can just take something and claim it as their own to a selected audience. It is like going into a store and claiming that a CD is yours, and walking out without paying for it, however, it is a lot more easy to get away stealing with on the Internet.  It is important to control these situations because people are stealing ownership over content that just isn’t theirs.

Copyrights and Other Regulations

My experience with copyrights and other regulations throughout the Internet is not necessarily the best one, because I do not really choose to pay attention to them.  First and foremost, I don’t copy things, and I follow the “rules of the World Wide Web” or whatever you want to refer to it as, but I never stop to take a look at what is copyrighted, and what isn’t.  I assume just what every other person out there probably assumes: there is content on the web that is not meant to be copied, but is (for example: turning YouTube videos into mp3’s and stealing music) and most everything these days has a copyright.  Unfortunately, it has become slightly built into our culture to illegally download content from the Internet, no matter how much it continues to try and be stopped.  Also, I never stop to read the copyright agreements on major websites, because they all seem like the same thing to me.  We learned in lecture that copyright is “now the most prominent control of information and communication in free societies” but from my experience, it is not really much of a control at all, considering how much of the time it is broken.  I feel that copyrights are kind of just expected to be there. Many copyright laws are put into place throughout the Internet, and the numbers keep going up and up. It’s pretty much up to the individual user to determine if its worth it or not to break copyright laws, and most of the time, its not worth the risk.


Copyrights and Regulations?

When I am online, I usually never ever pay attention to copyrights or other regulations.  Whenever one of those regulation agreements pop up before launching a program or a site I quickly just click agree without reading, and I am pretty sure that I am not the only person out there doing this.  Whenever I am online, I am usually excited to search or engage in whatever I am about to do, and the last thing on my mind is to pay attention to any rules or regulations.

However, when it comes to copyrighting I would never take content that is not mine and take credit for it being my own.  I only use the internet for research assignments, social networking, downloading music, emailing, and catching up on missed television shows. I would have to say the one thing I am guilty of doing illegally in the past is downloading music for free.  In this day and time downloading music files for free off of the internet is made so easy, so why would I go out of my way to pay for music?  I usually use the sites that allow you to convert download youtube video links into files because those are the fastest and easiest to use.  All in all, for the most part I am sure that any of my activities online are all legal, although I do not really pay that much attention to the long lists of copyrights and other regulations presented.

Being aware of copyright doesn’t always change behavior

Copyright didn’t bother me as much when I was younger.  I used to copy and paste any image I wanted from the internet, download music from Limewire, and share music with others.  I felt invincible, like no one could stop me from doing this things…except maybe my mom when I starting downloading viruses on the computer.

Now that I’m older, I think I’m more conscientious of the way I use and share media online.  When I got senior pictures done 4 years ago, I posted them online, but tagged them to the photography studio that took them.  When I watch videos online, I don’t personally download anything from illegal sites, using Hulu, or a T.V. network’s site to access the content.  I post videos on YouTube and make sure they don’t have songs or other information that could be considered as stolen.

However, I have experienced copyright violation in the past year, even the past week.  There have been a few times when I have copies pictures from Google image search to put as my profile picture on Facebook (ex: Final Harry Potter movie poster before the movie was released in theaters!!)  When I wanted to watch a show with my boyfriend this past week, he downloaded it illegally to watch it.  A different friend posted a video on YouTube that got taken down because of infringement.  Yet another friend downloaded a TERABYTE of movies onto his computer last month because all his movies got lost.  Charter contacted him and basically said stop, or there will be further action taken.  So, while the consequences of copyright seem more real to me and others, there are times that we still do tip-toe the line of legality and figure out how much we can get away with, sometimes crossing the line a bit too much.

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With this blog posting, we were asked to write a response in relation to our personal experience with copyright and internet regulation. I can say with complete confidence that I rarely notice these things or pay sort of attention to them on webpages, and the only thing I’ve done that for sure has violated some sort of  internet law is the illegal download of music. While I know and understand the reasons behind this protocol, it hasn’t weighed too heavily on my conscience due to the sheer number of people who do it. Becoming a part of the majority isn’t necessarily right, and upon maturing in age and wisdom I have strayed from LimeWire, Mediafire, and the various other illegal sources from which I used to receive my music. Perhaps in the future I will notice violations of the internet “code” more often, as we will be discussing them in class and I’m sure they are very prevalent amid the internet, but as of now, I am for the most part oblivious.