Instructor Elizabeth Zambrano
August 18, 2013
Vidding has become a way for fans to show how they feel about their favorite shows or videos. Vidding occurs when an individual creates a new video that uses existing clips from popular resources and combines them with songs. It is a form of storytelling and of visual poetry used for self0expression. (Lawrence & Weber, 2011) I would like to show that vidding is an ethical expression of one’s free speech. There are three different criteria that can be used when making choices that are ethical. First you have utilitarianism that seeks the greatest good for the majority. Second, you have rights that seek to respect and protect the rights of individuals. The third is justice that seeks enforcement of rules in a fair and impartial way to everyone. (ADMIN, 2006) Of the three ethical criteria mentioned, I would like to focus on justice. What is fair for everyone? Copyright laws are in place to protect an individual’s artistic works. I support copyrights when there is a threat of the original artist losing money or their work helps another individual gain profits. I disagree with copyright laws when an individual’s work is being used in something like a vid where no one is making a profit. The original artist is not losing anything and the vidder is not gaining anything except self-expression. Vids should be considered protected under the Fair Use Law. “This doctrine has at its core a fundamental belief that not all copying should be banned, particularly in socially important endeavors such as criticism, news reporting, teaching and research. (Tysver, 1996-2013) The four factors that need to be considered when determining fair use is: “the purpose and character of the use, including whether such use is of commercial nature of the copyrighted work: the amount and substantiality of the portion used in relation to the copyrighted work as whole: and the...
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