Important Safety Topic to Cover this year… Music and Movie Sharing Online
So far this year, the RIAA has won two copyright infringement cases against just two individuals totaling over $2 1/2 million. According to representatives from the RIAA, they have stopped filing lawsuits against individuals. Supposedly, they are now going to be working directly with ISP’s to try to stop illegal music sharing. As far as movies go, the MPAA is currently still pursuing lawsuits to stop the illegal sharing of movies online.
The tough part is to educate students that they do not own the music and movies on the CDs and DVDs. They simply own the rights to listen and watch them. In addition, if you read the fine print that comes with the media carefully, you will also find that users are limited to how they can listen to or watch the media. In addition, its important to educate students about the consequences of using P2P sites to share and download copyrighted material.
Each year, I cover this topic in my computer and internet safety unit. This year, I plan to hit the legal issues a bit more.