In an interesting news article on Yahoo News – Experts: Suit Raises Copyright Questions, a company in Philadelphia is suing for copyright infringement the non-profit, Internet Archive, developed to “preserve Web pages that will eventually be deleted or changed” for all time. They currently have more than 55 billion pages stored there. (I’d love to see their servers – wow!)
A comment at the end of the article really caught my attention.
An ongoing lawsuit between a company and a popular archive of Web pages raises questions about whether the archive unavoidably violates copyright laws while providing a valuable service, experts say…A health care company claims the archive didn’t do enough to protect copyright information that a competing firm accessed to defend itself in a lawsuit.
…”I think they’re a valuable public resource,” Christie said. “I just take issue with the way they perform their public service.”
Michael Shamos, a computer science professor at Carnegie Mellon University, said archiving like that done by the Internet Archive is “the biggest copyright infringement in the world,” but said it is done in a way “that almost nobody cares about.”
I found a lot of comments on and about my recent articles series on What Do You Do When Someone Steals Your Content dealt with the issue of “if it’s on the Internet, it’s free for the taking” and “who cares anyway”. Pitiful apathy until I see comments like this above which just reinforces the apathy. Nobody cares.
The stereo was ripped out of my truck a couple months ago while parked, supposedly locked, at my “old” mechanics. And I mean ripped. And I say “old” because after hearing “so what” and “not responsible” enough from the owner, I have a new, much more caring mechanic. They will make thousands of dollars a year from us as we battle to keep this monster beast of a truck on the road dragging us out of the hurricane’s path.
I asked them if they reported it to the police. “Why bother?” I reported it to the police. They said, “Why bother?”
My mother hates medicines but has to take one recently for some pains in her legs. The doctor gave her a prescription for 2 pills a night before bed for three months. That’s 180 non-addictive, not life threatening pills. The insurance company will only cover 42 pills for 90 days. She complained to her pharmacist where they are on a first name basis, spending thousands of dollars a year on her husband’s diabetic medications and insulin. He said, “I just do what I’m told. You have to talk to the insurance company.” She called the insurance company who said that this is not their problem. The problem is with the doctor. The doctor says the problem is with the insurance company and that she has to call them back and tell them what her doctor said. The insurance company told her she has to get this in writing from the doctor. Then they will send it in writing or electronic form to the pharmacist, who has to confirm it with the doctor and the insurance company…no one wants responsibility. She takes only this one pill. Imagine if she had to take 25 different prescriptions. What kind of nightmare would that be?
Over and over I run into folks in stores and businesses who just “do their job” and nothing else. I’m so tired of “not my responsibility”, “who cares”, “not my job”, and “I just do what I’m told”. I spent 20 minutes once wandering around asking employees in a hardware store if they made duplicate keys before I finally found a customer who pointed me in the right direction to where they made keys. I had to wait another ten minutes before someone finally showed up who knew how to run the key machine. It wasn’t that big of a hardware store!
I know I’m on a soap box, but I want people to care. I want people to live their life with passion and enthusiasm. I want them to do what they do with joy. I want to be around people who want to help others because it’s their job not because they have to, barely doing enough to get through the day to whatever life waits for them away from their job. I’ve found that people who just “get by” in their day job, tend to just “get by” in their life outside of work, too. Sad.
I know I shouldn’t have to remind you, but you only get one life. No matter what your religious belief is, you get now. Why not live each minute as if it is your last, because – well, may I be totally honest here? – it is. So why not care about it before it’s gone. And the next, and the next, and the next.
You don’t have to care about protecting your copyrights. That’s your choice. It is the law, whether you think it should be or not.
If you do care one way or the other, let us know by posting a note on your blog that says “free-for-all-because-I-care-about-copyrights” or “free-for-all-because-I-don’t-care-about-copyrights” so we will know. If you care and want to reinforce your copyright protection, let the world know by putting a “not-free-for-all” sign on your blog. You can find all of these at Creative Commons.
Because whether you care or not, when you hit the PUBLISH button on your blogging program, your written word and photographs are protected by copyright law. What you do from there is up to you. That’s the caring part I’ve been talking about.
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