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SPRING CLEANING

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I know some of you are wondering what to do with all those books that you read this winter.  Check out this interesting article about a new used book trading site called, BookMooch.com.

Now . . . you can never say that I didn't help you clean up your mess!!!  :-)





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SIGN OF THE TIMES

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In another sign of our ever changing times, here is a article about how we are now viewing more video content online.  

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MORE TECHNOLOGY, MORE PROTECTION

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Consumers must and have to be careful not to get "caught up" in illegally copying video and audio files.  Most people have no intention of breaking any laws, but the creation of new technology brings new consumer responsibilities and issues.

The cold-blooded reality of our absolutely breathtaking technological revolution means that the laws and rules of how it is handled change just as rapidly.  Clearly the playing field has changed, but not the basic tenants of what is right or wrong.

The need to protect copyrighted material is of the utmost importance to both the consumer and creators of content.
What is copyright?  Well, the "Merriam-Webster Dictionary" definition states that it is "the exclusive legal right to reproduce, publish, sell, or distribute the matter and form of something (as a literary, musical, or artistic work)".

Consumers must be very careful not to cross the line, and owners of this new technology must continue to educate folks on the proper ways to use these products.  You have to be sure as a consumer that when downloading music or videos, it is legitimately and legally available for your personal use.

Most consumers are not downloading copyrighted material for the purpose of creating bootleg copies for mass distribution. However, the creation and innovation of our modern technology has made it much easier for those who would to do so.  And that is the fine line that both the consumers and the copyright holders need to balance.

Consumers must continue to be aware and vigilant about what they can and cannot download from the internet.  They have to make sure their computers and accessories are both equipped to handle and manage these issues.

Many of the large internet providers have begun exploring how to create a more secure internet for copyrighted content.  So the push has begun to give greater protection to copyright holders.

The copyright holders and content providers must also continue to educate the public about the negative effects of illegal downloading on both the creators and the providers.  Yes it is about money, but it is also about the long-term effect on our creative community.  These issues of copyright protection affect not only our artists, but our scientists too.

Everyone wants to be paid for their hard work and efforts.  In these tough economic times where many people are working harder and making less, would you be upset if someone decided, without your knowledge, to claim the time you worked as their own?  Think about it . . . your hard work and money being claimed by someone who had absolutely nothing to do with you or your efforts.

If you were a copyright holder, these are the thoughts and fights you would live with everyday.  What would you do to protect your rights and your livelihood?



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TECH TERMS: Vodcast & Podcast

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TechTerm_Image 2008.png Folks keep asking me what are Vodcasts and Podcasts?  

Definition: Vodcasts is a Video recording, and a Podcast is a Audio recording.  They are both hosted on a Web page and accessible for individual downloads by using "pull" technology, such as RSS feeds and MP3 players.

Keep your eyes and ears open.  Both video & audio coming soon to "Talking Technology with Leroy Jones, Jr."


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DR. KINGS'S DREAM AND THE INTERNET . . . UNITING PEOPLE

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On yesterday, I had the pleasure of attending the United States Congressional Ceremony Celebrating the Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Capital Hill.  It was a great event that brought together the Congressional Leadership from both political parties.  The keynote speaker of the event was Dr. King's son, Martin L. King, III
 
His death has profoundly affected not only my community, but the entire global community.  His legacy of non-violence and faith lives on today.
 
I received my invitation to attend this event via the internet, which made me think about how much technology has changed our world and how we view it.  The events from that day 40 years ago are still affecting how we live and think today.  Our booming technological and innovative world has been shaped by that movement and his comment to bring people together.
 
This is the one sure thing the internet does . . . it brings people together.  It evens the playing field.  And that was the goal and the continuing legacy of the Civil Rights Movement.
 
The history of this fight for justice and change can now be studied on the internet.  It means that generations of people from all over the world now have a opportunity to fully understand the scope of what this man and a generation of people, who I called or call, Mama, Daddy, Uncle, Cousin, and Neighbor have accomplished.
 
I wonder how different the world would have been if the internet had been around at the beginning of the Civil Rights Movement.  Do you think that all of the innovation and creativity we have achieved would have come to pass without the "Movement"?
 
Even with all of this new innovation, there is still talk of discrimination and barriers.  We know there is a digital divide between the haves and the have-nots.  What is more compelling is that the folks under 40 now see this divide shaped by class and economic status more than race.  How refreshing.
 
Come to think of it, this man, Dr. King helped lead the Birmingham Bus Boycott at 26 years old.  Let's hope that the young people of today and tomorrow continue to lead us to end this digital divide of both race and class in both our nation and the world.
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