Digitally Owned?

Alright, I know this post is SUPER late at going up (as really I should be doing one a week), but this topic is a hard one to cover and I didn’t want to put this post up only thought half way. When it comes to who “owns” what in the digital it becomes hard to tell where lines are drawn. Are there even lines? Heck, is there anything to draw lines on?  . . . Yeah, having a philosophical mind can work against you in tasks that are meant to be just quick blurbs. Anyway, it’s really hard to say how things should work in this case. In the physical world it’s a bit easier to hold onto what is yours as you have it. Of course people could have or make copies, but there are ways of telling who had what first. Photography made this a bit more difficult as now someone could take a picture of, for instance, a painting. It’s not the actual painting, but a picture of it could be just as enjoyable to the person as having the physical painting itself. However, this does leave us with the issue of now that person has the painting (in picture form) without actually having paid the artist. The artist did take the time to go and make this image that person enjoys so much and the artist did pay for all the materials, so without the artist that image wouldn’t exist for that person to enjoy. And that’s not even as confusing as it can get!
Let us talk about this page. A page crated namely for a class, yes, but it does contain my ideas. They are mine right? I am thinking of them, it is me writing them down, and it is my grade suffering for the lateness of the posts. But, what is to keep people, who have never even seen me, from going and taking these thoughts and using them as their own? How do I know they did and just didn’t happen to come up with the same thoughts (it is possible, highly unlikely, but possible)? How is Professor Prescott, or anyone reading this, know for sure I even am writing this? All you know is the name attached to the blog and the digital words that you see on your screen, which, thanks to Google Chrome’s auto translate feature, can change their form at any time.  And even if I don’t mind about these thoughts of mine are used by others even without crediting me, is that the right thing to do? It is easy enough to give credit for a thought or some kind of knowledge to go and be cited then let the author of that go to make all sorts of arguments around it. Maybe that is the more properly moral thing to do, though that is not always the case. Is this the same thing for information that is open to public by providers, I am not sure I want to make that jump. To take everything that is on, for instance, Wikipedia and create a printed form and had it out for free. While that may not be practical, it may also be twisting how things are meant to work. Try applying that to published reference sources that can be viewed in a Library for free, but if you copied all the pages to just hand out to people for no cost, how would that go down? It really is a weird world we live in, and I’m still not sure how to quite stand on all of this.


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