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UGC & The Use of the Internet = Confused Students

Study: Students Don’t Understand Copyright Rules

By John Eggerton — Broadcasting & Cable, 4/10/2007 10:34:00 AM

The majority of students (87%) who upload copyrighted material to user-generated video sites like YouTube, Facebook or MySpace don’t get permission from copyright owners, even though most (74%) believe it is fair to pay people for their use.That’s according to a new, albeit limited, study of college students who upload video to Web sites conducted by a pair of professors at American University and the Washington College of Law.

The study concluded that students were, “universally underinformed and misinformed about the law.” While they were generally concerned with staying on the “good side” of the law, they were “making up rules themselves” about what and how to use intellectual property.

The study is meant to be a discussion-prompter for a “confidential” meeting of user-generated content companies on April 10-11. The issue of copyright control and content management have become increasingly important issues as major media companies begin to team up with user-generated sites to reach that audience.

Study: Students Don’t Understand Copyright Rules – 4/10/2007 10:34:00 AM – Broadcasting & Cable

Check out that article for stats and names of the companies involved in the UGC copyright control meeting.

A little off topic, but along the same lines– I have a lecturer friend who has had a lot of problems with students & wikipedia. MASTERS students (yes, post-collegiate) have been using Wikipedia as a VALID source of information & research. Sad, sad, sad.

Online Rules & Understandings (Copyright, Academics, Etc): What is truth? What is real? What is valid? Apparently students have no idea. Zoinks.

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