During the hectic time surrounding exam week I decided not to have any new presenters at our bi-weekly Tech. Tuesday presentations. Instead, I thought I would share a relevant and timely TED Talk with any faculty members who could attend and host a short discussion afterwards. I am also planning to share the talk via my blog for those who couldn’t attend the session.
The talk I chose was by Clay Shirky @shirky. In this talk he discusses the impact that bills SOPA and PIPA could have and how they originated. If these bills ever become laws they will have a significant impact on our lives and how we teach certain skills in schools. Copyrighted material and how students cite and use these sources is constant area of concern for Allendale Columbia School Librarian, Judy VanAlstyne @bibliopheme.
Here is a link to Google’s online petition. – https://www.google.com/landing/takeaction/ – You may have noticed Wikipedia and Google’s protest of these bills this past week on January 18.
What do you think about SOPA and PIPA? Is it censorship? Does it go too far? Do we need to have more protection or consequences for people who violate copyright laws? Is SOPA or PIPA excessive or is it going in the right direction? Does it need minor or major revisions? All thoughts and opinions are appreciated!