I'm not to sure what to think of digital copyright materials. I have been posting my pictures on our wiki, on flickr, and on my blog and I don't want someone else to say that they are their pictures but at the same time I don't care if they use the pictures. I guess that is where creative commons comes in and is a great idea. This way you still get credit for your work and the other person can still use the information/pictures.
Many people download and burn movies and music. You aren't suppose to, it is illegal and the artists don't get their credit for their work. I don't know thought.... some people download music to check out the artist and if they enjoy it then they go and buy the cd and they go to concerts and they buy clothing at the concert... so are artists still not getting the credit for their work??? But then you have others that will just download the whole cd and not do any of the other things, so what is right and what is wrong? Before the internet people shared music by bringing their cds to their friends house and listening to the music. Downloading and uploading is just a broader form of this. You get to listen to music from people that want to share their favorite artists.
So what is right and what is wrong? Is copyright realistic? Many people don't care that an item is copyrighted and use the information/music/pictures/movies anyway. This youtube movie shows that copyright is constantly changing and is exploited constantly.
So is copyright good, bad, or inbetween? I don't know. Depends on how you view it and what you know about it.