Considering copyright in a digital world

Introduction: In a Web 2.0 environment, terms such as sharing, collaboration, participation come to mind. "A Web 2.0 site allows its users to interact with each other as contributors to the website's content, in contrast to websites where users are limited to the passive viewing of information that is provided to them." If we are in a culture of sharing, we must ask ourselves, what is rightfully ours? How do we protect this material, especially if it is in the public domain online? What are our rights in terms of ownership and copyright?

Copyright - a definition

β€œIt is a basic principle of copyright that the expression of an idea in an original work is legally protected by copyright as soon as it becomes 'recorded in material form' (viewable by others). In other words, write it down, draw, record, or film it, and the original material is automatically protected by copyright. The author does not have to register the work to claim copyright in New Zealand – the act of putting the idea into a fixed format establishes copyright.
Source – TKI – What is copyright

Scenario: Charles Leadbeater created a presentation called, We Think in which he highlighted the fact that we are all publishing and sharing more and more to a global audience online. He asks, "how do we protect what is private?" and "are we always safe sharing?" In the same presentation, he goes on to ask, "How do we earn a living, when everyone is freely sharing their ideas?" He ends the presentation with the idea that, "we are what we share." WHAT DO YOU THINK?

Reflection: If 'we are what we share', how can we share freely and safely and still protect our right to earn a living? We'd love to hear your view. Please leave a message in the DISCUSSION tab above (this will appear in the thread below).

Additional resources to consider:

Privacy Commissioner - The Privacy Act and Codes

Guidelines for the Online Publication of Student Images and Schoolwork
NZ Ministry of Education. 2000

You tube - A Fair(y) Use Tale

Johanna Blakley: Lessons from fashion's free culture