EFF Looking To Educate On Copyright Issues

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EFF Looking To Educate On Copyright Issues

Fri Jun 05, 2009 @ 11:03AM PST

By Eriq Gardner


Eff The Electronic Frontier Foundation has launched two interesting initiatives in the past week.

The first is a program called "Teaching Copyright" meant to invite "discussion about how creativity is enabled by new technologies, what digital rights and responsibilities exist or should exist, and what roles students play as users of technology."

EFF says the curriculum will help educators get and give the "real story" about digital rights and is meant to counter a recent initiative by The Copyright Alliance—backed by the entertainment and software industry— called "Think First, Copy Later."

The copyright fights have now moved from politics to courtrooms to the classroom. Who will be the first to create a Schoolhouse Rock Anthem about copyright?

In its second major initiative this week, the EFF has also started a "Terms of Service" tracker

Few people seemingly read a website's agreement with its users, but TOS often ends up being discussed in quite a number of privacy and copyright disputes. 

The tracker will monitor changes made to TOS by YouTube, Facebook, eBay, and other web service providers. The changes are highlighted and easy to read and we think that all lawyers on either side of the copyright debate might find something useful here.

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