Question of the Day: Content Sharing

December 20, 2011, By George Lang

A very young, albeit VERY geeky, tech-person peaked my interest this morning; no, it’s not an attractive female (just lost half my audience, I guess). But the guy is quite fascinating and knows his stuff; so I’ve posted his video at the end of this piece so that you can all learn why Ritalin was created in the first place!

This is the first installment of a new DeviceMAG series entitled “Question of the Day” and you will find it heart-warming to know that it WILL NOT appear every day. However, on occasion, a topic so relevant to today’s cultural paradigm rears its ugly head, and we must ask the Question of the Day!

Today’s topic, while inspired largely by the referenced Lockergnome post, is extremely relevant anyway due to the current issues arising out of media content production (e.g., movies, music, even news articles) and the digital blight called pirating of those materials. It’s been in the news and DeviceMAG has been following it all for you in numerous previous articles. Here is a breakdown of pirated materials by category (Envisional).

In the video below, young Chris raises an interesting debate over where to draw the line between piracy and mere entertainment. He has been inspired by recent changes in the Google+ Hangouts service. Google+ account holders are now able to record events that have transpired inside a Hangout session that may include up to ten participants.

Since you, the host of the session, have created this recorded content with your circle of friends, it is considered an original work. The problem lies in the fact that, if you all view a movie, read a book, or listen to music during the session – and it is discussed within the recorded Hangout – the movie producers would consider this piracy of their copyrighted content and, therefore, demand compensation for its usage!

This brings us to the Question of the Day: How is this different from you inviting nine of your friends over to your house to view the same movie, discussing the content, and recording it with your videocam?

Additionally, what happens if you decide to post the recorded Hangout session and “broadcast” it to your Facebook page? Let us know what you think by posting a comment below, or by emailing us privately. Many thanks, to Mr. Chris Pirillo!

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