Ideas- Who owns ideas?

Ideas- Who owns ideas?  (Link)

As a content producer and a responsible citizen,  I understand and empathize with intellectual property rights! As an teacher-librarian, I acquire content for the school.  I must be aware of the legal restrictions to the content I loan out to patrons.  Copyright is a complicated but important issue- not just for legally but ethically.

CBC Ideas: When you download music or text from the web, you may be innocently breaking the law. Jim Lebans, a producer with CBC Radio’s Quirks and Quarks, looks at the tangled world of intellectual property and how the digital age is challenging ideas about who owns our culture.  In the era of the Internet we're facing a crisis around the new reality
of intellectual property and copyright. These legal rights were
established over hundreds of years to reward creators of ideas, but at
the same time preserve and protect the public's right to access and
make use of the expression of ideas.
Copyright-anim

But
slow expansion of the laws of intellectual property through the 20th
century, and more recently the emergence of new digital technologies,
the Internet in particular, have upset the delicate balance between the
rights of creators and the rights of the public. Copyright law has been
changed, again and again, in what many perceive as an expansion of the
rights and control of the emerging "content industries." Copyright law
today covers more kinds of expression, lasts considerably longer, and
comes with considerably more stringent enforcement than it has in the
past.

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Listen: http://www.cbc.ca/ideas/media/2008/who-owns-ideas.mp3
( mp3 file runs: 54:00)



When you download music or text from the web, you may be innocently breaking the law. Jim Lebans, a producer with CBC Radio’s Quirks and Quarks, looks at the tangled world of intellectual property and how the digital age is challenging ideas about who owns our culture.
Who owns the expression of ideas?
( CBC, theHour )

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