The Credit Economy?

January 26th, 2010; 4:53 pm by Ryan Thornburg

I just gave the students in my Public Affairs Reporting for New Media class their first quiz. Overall, not bad. But I have to report this piece of breaking news:

Only 1 out of 16 students said that it was UNethical to “download a photo from the Web server of a blogger, upload it to your server, using it on your site along with credit to the original creator.”

I’m dying to talk with them about this on Thursday to hear more about their rationale. Maybe it says something about how they see bloggers. Maybe it says something about the way they see ownership of content.

What do you think?

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3 Responses to “The Credit Economy?”

  1. Brian Says:

    You might want to bring up Creative Commons in the discussion. I use it all the time to search for free images I can use. Firefox even has an extension that lets you search CC from your browser tool bar.

  2. Ryan Thornburg Says:

    Absolutely. I’m going to need to emphasize Creative Commons. In the past, eyes have widened as I talk about commercial v. non-commercial and the role of attribution. It’s helpful to see these issues as moving along several axes.

  3. Shannan Says:

    Great discussion… and it’s something some bloggers especially don’t think about. What is the FireFox extension called?
    Ryan, can you post some more information about this, such as what your answer would be to a blogger who has been doing this for a news organization’s blog?

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