Throughout this term, I have had my agreements and disagreements with all of the authors we have read, some more than others. I have to say that I agree with Aufderheide more than any other I have thus far! I kept waiting for someone to say the things that she is saying now. I’m excited to continue my reading throughout this next week.
The first thing i read that really stuck out to me and grabbed my attention was this: ” Their conflict is an unwinnable and unnecessary battle-and it’s bad for the rest of us, who are neither big copyright holders nor bomb-throwers…” (Location 92) I think this is EXACTLY the problem. There are extremists on both sides, then those of us in the middle who just want to use what’s available, but we are not sure what is ok and what is not. The key word here is UNWINNABLE. This is a battle that has been going on for a very long time and without some serious change, it’s not going to get any better. In fact, it’s only going to get worse and worse.
Another point she brings up is that these copyrights weren’t always laws that extended to the extent that they do now. (Location 294) The problem is, that now, laws are extended so long that people can’t get their hands on materials, even if the people are willing to pay for it. When a copyright law lasts so long that it’s years and years past their death, there is no way to get permission to use or reproduce certian works. This is craziness to me, and I am sure that Aufderheide would agree.
I know I have used this example before (not sure if it was this class or a past) but I’m going to use it again because I think it’s worth the time. Because of copyright laws, there are many, many works that cannot be reproduced to put into a digital form. In my opinion, this is crazy. I think that if a library has a hard copy of a book, it should be available for read-only on the internet, through the library site. If there was a book at WOU’s library (Hamersly) that I wanted to read, but was no available online, I would be out of luck. To me, that is not fair. If another student and i are in the same class, but they lived in Monmouth and I didn’t, how is it right that she has access to more information than I do? It just doesn’t sit right with me. I understand the laws, but think they need to be changed.
I am very excited to see what else Aufderheide has to say about these issues. I haven’t read all of the book, but I’m sure there is many more intersting thoughts and points that will be made soon.
Note: I’m using the kindle app on my iPad, so I don’t have page numbers but instead locations.