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Radio Broadcasting and Copyright

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Copyright is a difficult issue for today's youth.  As a teacher, I taught Media Studies, with a Radio production course.  Students would come to me with their plan for the program, showing me "their" content, and "their" playlist.  They would often look at me, shocked, when I asked them where the music came from.  And when they couldn't answer with what I wanted, I sent them back for more planning.  


Post by RoxFM.  Above, one of my former students broadcasting with members of the local community.


My students would take their plan, and go to the local radio station, RoxFM, next door to our school.  This would be all done, Live - on - Air, with a bunch of fantastic teenagers at the microphones and mixer at the Radio station.  When they signed up for the course, they thought that they could just play some random music off their iPod, and ramble on about whatever came to their heads.  But I was concerned about Copy…

Privacy

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Why post it, if you don't want someone to read it, watch it, look at it, or hear it?  Do you know who your Audience is... when you post? Facebook and other social media platforms, are worrisome. I worry about the implications that could come about from what I post. I have accounts on Facebook, Google+, Instagram, Flickr, ...and the list goes on. I look at my former colleagues Facebook posts, and I wonder, will their post be what keeps them out of an interview for a competitive job?

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I use Facebook for posting photos of my family to my parents back in the USA, and my wife's family in Australia. It helps me keep connected. But, I don't use social media to show off all of the content I create. I don't post photos of myself, or colleagues from social gatherings, mainly to protect their privacy. I might post something relaxing from a holiday, but I tend to post them to my inner circles, and not to all of Facebook. Jacquelyn Smith of Forbes.com states in her ar…

Footprints...

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Above image used with Creative Commons License.  Original Image hosted here.Most students love Social Media.  They post pictures, chat with their friends, and think they are all doing the right thing.  Unfortunately, most people are breaking the law when they post other people's media to their profiles.  They all leave footprints in these social media accounts, but it is important to learn how to not have their past come back to haunt them.
Why? User Agreements.  You know, the thing that everyone clicks past as they sign up for something, the 75+ page document that is only really readable by someone with a law degree.  Social Media like Pinterest, Facebook, YouTube, and Tumblr all have language written in their user agreements that passes legal and financial blame to the users.  So, if a person posts something that belongs to someone else, and it goes to court, the user is already hung out to dry. Here is an example of such language, from Pinterest.comThis has been posted and re…