Hulu Vs. YouTube

I use Hulu and YouTube all of the time. I never watch TV on the actual TV, I just watch the episodes I miss on Hulu. The main screen for Hulu always has suggestions of what to watch like recent episodes, popular clips, and featured content. Hulu also always makes sure that you are aware that you can upgrade to Hulu + for a fee. Some of the episodes are locked for only Hulu + members. Channels like Fox, don’t allow users of Hulu to view recent episodes for 7 days after they air. Luckily for me, the channel that Happy Endings is on does not do this. The episodes always begin with advertisements and have ads throughout the show. After the show is over, another episode begins playing that is either of the same show or a show similar. Hula is strictly for TV shows and movies.

I also frequently use YouTube. I usually watch viral videos or listen to music. For example, last night, my roommate showed me the video “Marcel the Shell with Shoes On.” This video has over 13,000,000 views which is incredible as it is clearly not professionally made. YouTube offers a space for “produsers” to put up their own content. It also seems to be a more interactive site as both remix videos and comments provide a way for users to interact and respond to each other. I also noticed that some videos have advertisements and some do not, like the Marcel video. It seems like the higher quality videos, like music videos that YouTube has been putting up are more likely to have advertisements.



Copyrights & Regulations online

Before this course, I did pay attention to copyrights, laws, regulations, etc. somewhat.  I didnt realize there were so many options of a copyright law, and how complex everything is.  I now understand why Patent Lawyers are so successful!

Academically, copyright infringement scares me, and I always make sure I site my work, and quote authors correctly. However, outside of school, I am sure I have broken some laws.  Something as simple as posting a fact on facebook about an article I read probably violates multiple copyrights.  While I don’t do any illegal downloads in fear of getting a virus, I did engage in illegal online activity while studying abroad.

Hulu, and major network websites (ABC, NBC, etc.) do not work abroad, and I was dying from not watching “my shows”.  Everyone in my program used a website to watch movies still in theaters, as well as recent TV shows.  While the website has a disclaimer at the bottom stating that the site is not illegal, it does provide links and access to other sites that have the pirated movies and TV shows.

I honestly feel that it is almost impossible to maintain copyrights and regulate what people download online due to the open and vast structures of the internet.

Yarr Maties, I be a Pirate!

Ok, I’ll admit it. I’ve been a pirate ever since I was a wee babe. It’s not like I dressed up as Jack Sparrow and have bad teeth – but I’ve been breaking Copyright laws since I made my first mix tape in elementary school. I’ve been outright copying both my sister’s and my father’s expansive collections of CDs to tape and to other CDs for a very long time. Since I was old enough to figure it out, I’ve been making mix tapes just like my father did to share music with his radio DJ buds using good old-fashioned analog hi-bias tapes. (I still listen to some of my Dad’s old tapes in the shower every morning before heading to school.)

I think I first became aware that what I was doing was possibly illegal by the time I reached middle school when a teacher brought up the illegalities of Kazaa, a popular downloading web site my fellow students were fond of. But being the little rebel I was, I stuck to making my mix tapes and ripping complete CDs from friends and family. I felt it silly for anyone to complain to me about it, since I was blowing all my allowance at the record store already, so I felt justified. I distinctly remember the night before my sister left for college across the country sitting at the computer all night ripping CD after CD after CD – I was literally ripping CDs up until the moment I had to take her to the airport.

Moving on to high school and college, I eventually got an invite to a torrent website called, which is invite only and a super high quality site for such matters – none of that virus infested Kazaa crap. I continue to occasionally torrent until this day – feeling justified due to the thousands upon thousands of dollars I’ve spent and keep spending at record stores and inside the music world in general.

Fair winds and godspeed ya scurvy dogs!

-Peter Charles

Copyright Infringement: Awareness and Ambivalence

Until class this week, I thought I was fully aware of copyright laws, practices, and punishments. However, I had no idea that every time I do anything online that it is considered a breach in policy because it creates a copy. While I now understand how and why this works, I still do not see it as actually illegal because it does not harm or directly take away from others. From my previous understanding to my present awareness, I have and will continue to “infringe” on copyright laws online.

I worked at a CBS affiliate radio station in Minneapolis, MN this summer and one of the stories I covered featured a woman who was penalized for copyright infringement. She was charged for illegally downloading less than one hundred songs, but was charged thousands of dollars in penalties. Her lawyer defended her by saying that this is a rare case and that people are usually never prosecuted for these acts of infringement. The case was upheld in court as the judge tried to send a message, but her fine was reduced. It was unfortunate that the entire legitimacy and reputation of the music industry fell into her lap, but her case is a dime a dozen.

Because of that fact, I, as well as most other people, infringe upon copyright laws nearly everyday. “That could never happen to me” is always my rational, but someday, it very well could be. Until then, I’ll take my chances. I will continue to download TV episodes, songs, post youtube videos, etc.

The only aspect of copyright laws I have and always will respect, along with most others I believe, is dealing with academic dishonesty.

Geeky Copyright Infringment

My copyright infringing origins start way back when I was in elementary school downloading emulators for the 90’s generation video game systems (Sega, SNES, Gameboy). I did this for the most part in order to play roms for games not released or readily available in America. These games include Japanese games such as a DBZ fighter (A show I loved growing up), a Ramna 1/2 RPG (that kind of sucked), and even Pokemon Gold before it was released in the US. All of these roms included fan translation that must have taken forever to complete. I stopped downloading these roms about midway through middle school, due in large part to the amount of viruses they contained, but still hold the same philosophy for copyright infringing: If it is not available to purchase in the US, I feel justified in downloading it off the internet. Nowadays I typical do this with Anime that is playing on the air in Japan but which won’t be available in the states for years (if ever). I have watched foreign films not available anywhere else (like Park Chan-Wook’s “I’m a cyborg, but that’s ok” before it was released by Tartan), and I’ve read manga scans as well. In each case, the content has been translated by fans astonishingly fast and well. Of course, there are exceptions to that, but still, if fans are willing to go to such great lengths to make material available for the public, I think it should be.

As for cyber piracy in general, eh. I don’t feel it will ever entirely ruin the market, so I don’t have a strong opinion one way or the other. If I like a work, I’ll typically purchase it in order to show my support.

As a side note, I thought this Futurama spoof of the anti piracy ad was slightly funny, and perhaps you will as well. (If the link doesn’t work, it’s only because I’m technologically challenged. I apologize for this.)

Copyright Infringement

I would say that I am moderately conscious of copyright laws and infringement. I do not like to watch shows or movies or download illegally online. However, I would say that my main motivation for not doing these things is because I am terrified of getting a virus on my computer, not because of the moral or legal implications that accompany illegal downloading. That, and I also am not tech savvy enough to know how to do a lot of  super illegal things. I do however, probably break copyright laws all the time when I do things like copy images from Google. I do not cite my sources like I do in school projects and papers in my everyday life. I think that copyright infringement is nearly impossible to maintain with the internet without compromising the freedom of the internet. I would say that having freedom on the internet is more important than copyright laws.

Entertainment online

The internet has become an increasingly popular outlet for entertainment. While I do use the internet to access academic articles for homework (usually through the UW site), I also use the World Wide Web for entertainment purposes. I download music through iTunes (as well as other websites which I won’t mention) and also (rarely) download movies and TV episodes. And, while I don’t frequent sites like YouTube, they are valuable to me in terms of accessing videos that have to do with current events or funny videos about which there’s circulating a lot of buzz (whether that buzz is amongst my group of friends or on a larger scale). Although I do cite websites and articles which I reference in school papers or projects, I would say that I do not usually pay attention to copyrights. However, while I may be participating in copyright infringement, I don’t believe that I am, as I do not pass off the works of others as my own work.