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ETEC511: Foundations of Educational Technology

Week 4 – Copyright

In Japan the new copyright law was just applied on October 1st and now downloading copyrighted material (only music and movies) “without recognizing it is a pirated copy” will be a criminal offense. This has created a major controversy because the government’s definition of this law is ambiguous—it’s so confusing that some people now think it’s illegal to watch videos on YouTube, which of course is not the case. The problem here is that there are so many different options for “enjoying” music or movies. Is it ok to listen to music on smartphones? How about watching movies on an iPod? Should all web caches be deleted in computers?
Here is the article about this law.

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