You Gotta Know Your Rights

I must admit that copyright is something that inspires great fear in me because I know they can be at times difficult waters to navigate. With the evolution of the digital sources, especially when thing king of born-digital date, this situation gathers the old problems that anyone can run into with archives or book legality. However when thinking of the impact that copyright has had in the last few years with digital media has become a new animal, but there are some added variables. Many of the new pitfalls within the digital on the idea stem from its vast capacity. You could only put so much into a book at one point, the amount of information that can be put unto a website can open a person up to several legal situations. These span several forms of media, not just images and also it can be instantaneous.
Cohen and Rosenzweig made it clear when they said that “the copyright problems of the online historian are both easier and harder than those of others working in the digital realm.”(203) Given all the simultaneous digital mediums to which a historical website can function online with the idea of copyright has to be more present constantly. Historians must be aware of the changing nuances within copyright law. Instances of copyright law can arise from many vantage points today. When thinking of Museums, thinking of cell phones and their always improving camera options, taking pictures of Art, becomes more compact and sophisticated. How does the transfer of ownership arise from a picture of a work of art? If the museum had strict no photo rules, can that picture be put publically online, like on Facebook, who claims responsibility? I always think of some possible form of doomsday scenario every time I post something online.
To be honest even with the readings, and the Free Culture one was fascinating, it still did not felt like a clear line is drawn on copyright in the digital world. It always seems like it will continue to present cases to which the line will be unclear. One aspect that this makes me wonder about is the subject from last week about 3D printing. As more and more 3D printers arrive in homes copyright law will change. The effect this is having on archives can be debatable, but I find that sites that can further the expansion of many digital archives are a good thing. It is essential to be mindful of the negative influences this can have on the aspects of forgeries, which I still do not feel has been adequately addressed.

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