In this week’s episode we talk about Andy Baio’s latest post “No Copyright Intended” and the idea of a generation of youth who simply don’t understand copyright law and don’t follow it and what happens when that group becomes a majority of the electorate.
There’s a new bill running through Congress called SOPA, the Stop Online Piracy Act, which would attempt to give more control to companies and the government to shut down websites for alleged infringement of copyright. The implications of this bill however are much more draconian as it would put the burden of proof on the defendant site to prove innocence and ultimately will only serve to silence smaller startups and not prevent piracy widespread. In our ongoing coverage (and annoyance) of big acronyms, we cover SOPA and its implications for educational institutions on this episode of DTLT Today.
Jim and Tim discuss the recent arrest of Aaron Swartz, a 24-year-old internet activist and executive director of Demand Progress. Swartz is being brought up on charges of wire fraud and computer fraud among others with penalties of up to 30 years in jail and 1 million dollars in fines for breaking into a network closet at MIT and using scripts to download over 4 million journal articles from JSTOR. Were serious laws broken here? Should Swartz be defended for his actions or condemned for hurting the legitimacy of the open access movement?