Week 7 - Media
Click on the title of each topic below to be
linked to an article about that topic. Each student is responsible for
reading every article.
An article from wikipedia
Short, simplistic history of early movie technology
Another wikipedia article
Be sure to look for the fair use tests (4 of them) in the Wikipedia
article on copyright before reading. But a good article about
fair use in action, and worth reading just for the title of the article
A critical history of ASCAP and BMI by a singer/songwriter from
northern New England.
Multi-page history of notable film events. You do NOT need to know all
this material. This is available as a background resource
An article on how file compression works in general.
More specifics on MP3 compression.
Statement by the American Library Association about using filtering
technology in library browsers.
The Electronic Frontier Foundation watches over many of the issues
discussed in this class, including privacy and (relevant to this
section) censorship. The link above goes to a brief history of
the EFF (so you understand their view of their mission), but also take
a few minutes and poke around at the top level of the site to see what they are currently
I have added this because there is often significant interest in
copyrights. This is a collection of material designed for teaching
copyright in high school with out the biases that the RIAA/MPAA
developed material presents.
Read as much or as little of this material as you want.