The Net Neutrality Debate & Its Implications on Copyright
Where would we be today without the wonderful collection of information known as the World Wide Web? The Net has become so synonymous with daily life, that going back to not having it as a resource would be unthinkable. Especially here in North America, if we think about every interaction we have on any given day, the majority of those interaction have some connection to the Web and the use of its stored knowledge.
The inventor of the Web is a man named Tim Berners Lee, who is also the director of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), which has an interest in the continued development of the Web. One of the major concerns of the W3C is Net Neutrality, and the impact that corporations may have on the Web.
Net Neutrality is “the principle that data packets on the Internet should be moved impartially, without regard to content, destination or source” Search Networking.
Here is a video explaining why Net Neutrality is necessary and what this side of the debate is saying.
This is a comparable video which explains the other side of things, mainly how Net Neutrality can be negative for individuals, especially in regards to internet prices.
How Does Net Neutrality Affect Copyright?
The issue with the web right now is that it is so open, and allows so many individuals to access resources, that people are becoming used to the ability to violate copyright laws. Content on the Web from music to films to scholarly articles, have the ability to be extracted and utilized by anyone with the know-how to do so. What this does is undermine the work done by those who created the content for their own purpose. Ultimately individuals become custom to taking others work and using it for their own need. In today’s open source Web, nothing is seen as off-limits.
Influence on Corporate Video
The implications which common Copyright violation have for a production company such as Keywest, is that it affects how our business is run, and how others see our business. In the past, video production was seen as an intricate industry that required a great deal of skill and investment. But with accelerated access to images, music, and film online, and with the reduced cost of production equipment and software, the video production field does not have the prestige and authority it once had.
In the past production companies could charge clients for each aspect of the video project, for example, you could charge for stock footage, music, and graphics based on how much it cost you or the time it took to produce, and clients were happy to pay for it. In today’s landscape though, and with the open access to content online, clients have a hard time understanding the costs associated with purchasing a music library, and stock images or graphics. The online space today makes it difficult for clients to understand copyright and that they have to pay (often large sums) for what they are looking for, as they are unaware that a large portion of videos online, which are created by amateurs, violate copyright.
Therefore, the possibilities of Net Neutrality and what it will provide can be seen as a negative for the corporate field, as it may only increase the amount of accessible content, and will further penalize the video production industry. Yet, their are downsides from not implementing Net Neutrality, as there are possibilities that large Corporations may in turn dominate the online realm, which may create a lack of freedom and creative expression.
The concern is that artists should get paid for their content and should not have to reduce the quality of their work due to online amateurs producing videos rampant with copyright violation. Yet, it could be worse if a few large corporations take over and control all of the content online.
What is your take on this issue?
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