Two weeks ago, the Digital Natives Reporters in the Field series brought you the first two parts of "The Ballad of Zack McCune" -- an exploration of digital natives and illegal downloading, guided by Berkman summer intern Zack McCune's encounter with the RIAA. This week, the series brings you the conclusion of Zack's tale in a video created by Digital Natives summer interns Nikki Leon and John Randall.
The final episode in our three part series on music copyright issues
has arrived! In April of last year, Zack McCune was sued by the RIAA.
He ended up $3,000 lighter (he settled), but with a much richer
understanding of the contemporary debate surrounding music, copyright
law, and file sharing. Part I gives an intro to his story, while Part IIexplores the disconnect between young downloaders and the recording
industry. Part III, presented here, concludes Zack’s misadventure and
examines where it led him: to the Free Culture Movement, which
advocates more flexible intellectual property law.
Come back every Wednesday for more multimedia on online privacy, cyber bullying, digital activism and more!
Stay tuned for more Reporters in the Field episodes that, by doing and creating, explore the themes of the project and of John Palfrey and Urs Gasser's forthcoming Born Digital. And join in the exploration by commenting in text or video on the Digital Natives blog or YouTube channel.