April 26, 2002
Georgia Harper Discusses Copyrights in Cyberspace
| April 26, 2002
Georgia Harper, the manager for the Intellectual Property Section of the Office of the General Counsel for the University of Texas, spoke yesterday in Warren Hall in a lecture about “Copyright and Cyberspace.” Harper was invited to speak by the Cornell Computer Policy and Law Program, which is sponsored by the Office of Information Technology, the administrative arm of CIT.
Harper began by explaining the purposes and principles of copyright law. The purpose of the Copyright Act according to the Constitution is “to improve our society through the advancement of knowledge,” quoted Harper. “Copyright law achieves this purpose by balancing interests. It provides rights for owners and rights for users,” Harper said.
In Harper’s overview of “copyright basics,” she explained what copyright laws protect, when this protection begins and ends, and what it means to both the owners and users.
“Copyright only protects unique ways of expressing ideas once the expressions are fixed in a tangible medium,” Harper explained. Therefore, Harper’s explained that copyright laws protected her own power-point presentation.
Harper also discussed how recent copyright laws have created longer terms of copyright protection.
“The changes in this area are strong evidence of a shift in the balance, away from the public interest and toward commercial interests,” said Harper.
Harper further explained the exemptions to copyright law for higher education, including the Fair Use Act, which allows the use of certain copyrighted material for educational purposes without prior permission.
After providing the overview of the basics of copyright law, Harper delved into the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), which was designed to regulate cyberspace and to protect the rights of copyright owners.
“I am concerned that copyright’s basic goal, to improve our society by supporting the development of knowledge is endangered by the erosion of users
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April 29, 2002
Ithaca College Students, Cornell Students, Ithacans a nearby residents gathered Friday afternoon at Helen Newman Hall to participate in a 24 hour dance-a-thon in support of the American Red Cross. The event began Friday at 8:00 PM and ended Saturday at 8:00 p.m. “You had to raise a minimum of 50 dollars, and that was your sponsorship,” said Melissa Crespo, student at Ithaca College, describing requirements for participating in the dance-a-thon. “Then you dance[d] for 24 hours, no sitting, no sleeping and all the money went to all the services in the Tompkins County area, like disaster services, homeless shelters,” Crespo said. “We started out with 50 dancers and raised 15,000 dollars,” said Simona Fino, public support and event specialist at the Red Cross and organizer of the event. The event was also supported by donations from corporate sponsors. “We went out and looked at companies and asked if they would like to be a part of it, so they donated anywhere from 100 bucks to 5000 dollars,” said Fino. The dance-a-thon consisted of male and female participants as well as two professional dance-instructors from the Maya Dance and Yoga Studio in Syracuse. Both instructors, Trina Creighton and Chelle Jozefczyk, lead the participants in several dances and taught participants simple dance moves. “It was great, everyone was so open-minded they wanted to get right up and dance with us,” said Jozefczyk. “I agree, I appreciated [the participants’] open-mindedness to the dance and getting up there and really just having fun with it because that’s what it’s all about,” said Creighton. Other participants felt only slightly differently about the dance. “We had a little rough time at about five to seven am, a little cranky and it was early in the morning,” said Fino, who in addition to organizing the event participated in it. “People had been up all night but then the energy level just suddenly lifted at about seven am, it probably had a lot to do with breakfast arriving,” Fino said. Breakfast, coffee, lunch, and water were donated by the various supporters of the dance-a-thon. The idea for the dance-a-thon was derived from a similar event that occurs annually at Penn State. “We were wondering if we could beat the Guinness world book of records for dancing . . . and I came across Thon, which is just a huge dance-a-thon, 48 hours at Penn State, they raise about 3.5 million dollars a year, every year,” said Fino. “So I did a lot of research with them and then modeled this dance-a-thon after Thon,” Fino said. Non-dancers also participated in the event and helped make the event possible in the basket ball courts of Helen Newman Hall. “We’re volunteering for the dance-a-thon, we’re not actually dancing participants, but we’ve been assisting, we’ve been motivating, were called morales,” said Jessica Ravikoff ’05, a volunteer at the event. We bring them motivation and water and food and we make sure everything is okay,” said Ali Weiss ’05, a “morale” for the event. “We also make sure that if anyone wants to join in we pull them in and make sure no one comes and plays basketball . . . so we’re on security watch,” said Weiss. The dance-a-thon continued until 8:00 p.m. on Saturday and brought together “a mini community here in Helen Newman,” said Ravikoff.Archived article by David Andrade
April 29, 2002
Congressional Rep. Maurice Hinchey (D-26) led a public forum on the Israeli/Palestinian conflict at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church yesterday at noon. With close to 100 people in attendance, this was the second time Congressman Hinchey addressed his constituency in Ithaca this year. “Many people are concerned about the state of Israel and the safety of the Palestinians,” Hinchey said. He addressed the controversial issue at hand to an audience that, for the most part, was highly critical of the Israeli government. “There has been an outpouring of concern about what has been happening in the occupied territories,” said Syed Nagi, a retired Prof. of microbiology at Cornell University. “The people who came [to the forum] were upset and angry which is indicative that the American mood might not be what the media shows.” “Every other country has to abide with the United Nations resolutions, Israel too. What makes one country stand different from the rest of the world?” asked a woman from audience, referring to the recent culmination of human rights violations, in Palestine, by the Israeli army. “We are in a poor position,” said Hinckey. “We are as guilty as anyone else. We haven’t ourselves lived up to high standards. We need to be a more effective part of the international community.” “I am a great friend to Israel, I was in Jerusalem when the suicide bomber set the bomb in a discotheque, I was the U.S. senior official there, so I rushed to speak to the families of the victims. But it has lost a lot of the sympathy of a lot of the world, sympathy it had prior to two years,” Hinchey added. Hinchey also emphasized the importance of U.S. involvement in the Middle East. “Nothing happens in the Middle East unless the U.S. government is directly involved. The U.S. works with both sides,” he said. “People have to have the courage to sit down and talk about problems. Arafat and Sharon, I have serious doubts they can do it,” Hinchey said. “They have similar backgrounds, they are both soldiers, they fight, that’s what they’re good at, if anything.” Since Sharon became prime minister of Israel “more people have died” Hinchey said. “Arafat is not a good guy to deal with, I met him on numerous occasions. He is weak, fearful for his own safety more than anything else. I don’t think Sharon is weak, but I also don’t he is a very competent leader.” The general sentiment in the audience was concentrated over one issue — U.S. aid to Israel. “U.S. should withdraw aid from Israel because it makes it possible for Israel to destroy. The Palestinians need the opportunity not to be destroyed before this thing ends,” Virginia Simon, a visitor from out-of-state, said. Hinchey’s take on this issue was solid, “Israel produces its own sophisticated weapons. If the U.S. stopped aid to Israel, it would not stop violence at this stage of the game, it would reduce the leverage on the U.S. government,” he said. “If you eliminate the aid completely, once you’re played that card — its played.” Several Cornell students who attended the forum did not share in the common attitude of the audience on the issue. “It was upsetting to see how ill informed and biased some members of the Ithaca community are concerning the situation in the Middle East,” Josh Roth ’03 said. “Some were nearly accepting of Palestinian terror tactics while blasting Israel to no end for rightly defending itself. In the wake of yet another terrorist attack over the weekend, in which four Israeli civilians were murdered by Palestinian gunmen, it should be clear to everyone that Israel has both the right and solemn duty to protect its citizens.” Ari Nathan Stern ’05, vice president of programming for the CIPAC (Cornell-Israel Public Affairs), shared a Roth’s view. “Residents placed one hundred percent of the blame on the Israeli government, while not holding Yasir Arafat and his terrorist regime the least bit culpable in the deaths of so many innocent Israeli civilians,” Stern said. “I guess the intellectual thought that flourishes on the Cornell campus does not emanate throughout the surrounding area.” Despite their differences in opinion, all members of the audience seemed to agree on one thing, Hinchey’s moderate handling of the forum. “Under the circumstances, Representative Hinchey held a moderate view, not allowing misinformed citizens to sway him to their side of ignorance and absurdity,” Stern said. “I think the fact that he made himself available about this controversial issue in a public forum, shows a sign of a politician who is responsible to his constituency,” Beth Harris, Ithaca resident, said. “Israel [as a] state will continue to exist. No American government can accept anything less than a state of Israel. No administration and no congress for that matter. But a Palestinian state has to be recognized too, we have an obligation to crate it,” Hinchey concluded. Archived article by Veronika Belenkaya