Intellecual Property

In case any of you haven’t checked your Wesleyan e-mail lately, it seems that Wesleyan has decided to crack down on the not-quite-legal aspect of our file sharing.

“As of Tuesday, September 25th, a change will be made to your EPortfolio. When you log in you will see a statement regarding Intellectual Property which you are asked to read and then indicate your acceptance. We are asking you to do this as part of a larger campaign to create awareness of intellectual property and copyright laws in general, and of the specific legal restrictions that apply to music and video which are not in the public domain.

Please see the Intellectual Property website at http://www.wesleyan.edu/ip/ for further information.

Thank you!

Joanne Agostinelli”

I’m interested to see what exactly this is going to entail, whether it will actually be required, and what the consequences would be if we didn’t agree. I have a not-so-sneaking suspicion it will be required (at least if you want to continue using the internet or your e-portfolio…), but the language used in the e-mail could go either way.

In the meantime, I think we all know what this means for the amount of network traffic from now up until the 25th…

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16 thoughts on “Intellecual Property

  1. Anonymous

    as others have pointed out, they did this last year. Initially, I was kind of worried as to what it meant, but here we are a year later, and nothing at all has changed. I think it’s just to absolve the school of any liability.

  2. Anonymous

    as others have pointed out, they did this last year. Initially, I was kind of worried as to what it meant, but here we are a year later, and nothing at all has changed. I think it’s just to absolve the school of any liability.

  3. Anonymous

    Yeah, they did this last year, too, in one of those schticks where you couldn’t continue using your ePortfolio until you agreed. But as far as I could see, nothing changed. Just covering their asses if the wrong people should come sniffing around

  4. Anonymous

    Yeah, they did this last year, too, in one of those schticks where you couldn’t continue using your ePortfolio until you agreed. But as far as I could see, nothing changed. Just covering their asses if the wrong people should come sniffing around

  5. Anonymous

    Ah, intellectual property. A bankrupt term for a bankrupt notion, giving the idea that copyright is analogous to property rights when it’s actually just something we, the people, give content creators to convince them to make more content.Fuck intellectual property, fuck copyright, put the time limit back down to twenty years and maybe I’ll respect it.

  6. Anonymous

    Ah, intellectual property. A bankrupt term for a bankrupt notion, giving the idea that copyright is analogous to property rights when it’s actually just something we, the people, give content creators to convince them to make more content.

    Fuck intellectual property, fuck copyright, put the time limit back down to twenty years and maybe I’ll respect it.

  7. Sam

    Ah, alright. So it’s more of a thing for preventing them from being liable than of them actually enforcing it.

  8. jacqui

    Last year they did this right before drop/add so you add to click agree in order to enter your portfolio. As far as I saw, it affected nothing.

  9. jacqui

    Last year they did this right before drop/add so you add to click agree in order to enter your portfolio. As far as I saw, it affected nothing.

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