Today at school as I was sharing content from my iPod to classes, a discussion ensued regarding the legality of downloading songs from Limewire. This is a file sharing site, and allows members to share their files. I gather from discussions today in class that kids just about everywhere are using the site to download their favorite songs free of charge, and they are under the impression what they are doing is legal. I decided to search myself about the legality of the site, and here are a few links:
Limewire: About using P2P Software Safely (see “copyright”)
[Updated 9-25-7] Lori A. offerd these links in an email today:
More found on my own:
As a teacher librarian, I am called upon to teach the ethical use of information. So I suddenly see a need in middle school for students (and even some teachers, and teachers who are parents of youth) to learn the difference b/w “legal” file sharing and “illegal” file sharing. As I shared where I get my music choices for my iPod, all the kids new and understood iTunes. But the discussion bandied about was how easy it was to share and copy CDs that one person owns, and the ease of joining and downloading music from Limewire. So for the last class (where the conversation came up) I realized suddenly my students need to know. I may even ask to speak at a future PTO about the concept, as a teacher came to me confessing that their own child uses Limewire, and had led her to believe it was all legal.
Since I only have a few sites to point to, I am asking any readers if you have specific sites I can point to or even better, specific cases where offenders have been prosecuted. What other examples or comparisons can I make to impress upon my youth that file sharing can be illegal, especially coprighted material like music?
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“Lime.” Libaryman’s Photostream. 27 December 2005. 24 September 2007 <http://www.flickr.com/photos/libraryman/78337046/in/datetaken/>