US ‘Six Strikes’ anti-piracy campaign

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-21591696

In the US five of the country’s biggest ISPs are taking part in the Copyright Alert System which is supposedly designed to educate rather than punish users.

People suspected of repeatedly infringing copyright laws will receive six warnings, after which their internet access may be limited but not cut off.

After users have received six warnings they will be considered outside the system and nothing else will be done.

The ISPs are being left to determine their own responses to users who either ignore six warnings or fail to challenge the evidence against them and it is not yet clear exactly how each will act.

 

In the UK there are plans to use the ‘Three Strikes’ policy, where users who receive three warnings within 12 months would have anonymous information about their activities passed to copyright holders which could then seek court orders to discover their identities.

The policy had been due to come into effect in March 2014, but has been delayed due to whether the three strikes policy complied with Treasury rules or not.

Homework Task this week

Hi all

 

Two things this week please…

1. Ensure you have communicated and commented on the individuals in your Learning Triplet’s essay plan. For this, you will need to find one significant and helpful piece of research they can use. Can you also ensure that you ask them to comment back on something–maybe ask for clarification on something, or ask them to expand on a section or give feedback on your idea.

This Learning Triplet work must be completed by the end of Saturday 5th October.

Then, you must respond to what your Triplet have given you to respond to. This needs to be done before next lesson.

2. Before next lesson you must have posted your bibliography as it is at present. If you are after ‘significant research’, it will end up being around 20 pieces and a range of types. There is your aim, not for next week; but I expect a list containing a range of types of research especially ACADEMIC ones.

Homework Task: 25/09/13

Tell me how you feel:

 

Also…

Post on blog BEFORE TUESDAY 1ST OCTOBER:

Rewrite or amend your essay plan based upon your progress so far this term. Write in brief bullet points or questions you will address in your paragraphs.

Make sure you write the title of your essay followed by ‘essay plan’ as your blog post.

Ensure any feedback you have been given this week has been replied to, and feel free to continue the ‘critical friend’ approach with those you are commenting on.

Don’t forget that you are in Learning Triplets, and these are the people you should be giving most attention to. We may amend the Triplets next week.

How do audiences react differently to theatre when translated from stage to screen or vice versa?

Movie adaptations of theatrical productions have always been popular among viewers, though they have had a sudden increase in popularity since the end of 2012, when the highly anticipated Les Misérables movie was released. It was both a critical and commercial success which has led to other famous shows, such as Miss Saigon and Wicked, being considered for a movie version. In juxtaposition with this are movies that have had stage shows created from them, such as ‘The 39 Steps’ (1915) and Ghost (1990), the latter being turned into a musical from a non-musical movie. Many productions undergo changes when transferred from stage to screen, and vice versa, for various reasons, and these changes can alter the audience’s interpretation, and even their reaction. These changes aren’t always good, but neither are they bad, and different audiences react differently to them. So, what are these major changes that are made for the silver screen and the stage, and why are they felt to be necessary?

What is British cinema?

What is British cinema?

British cinema is without a doubt fast become one of the largest contributors to the British and economy and is continuing to grow at an increasing rate. British cinema is becoming increasingly important to the British economy and in many cases has a massive effect of the way the rest of the world see the British people. David Cameron, UK prime minister said “the British film industry had made a £4bn contribution to the UK economy and an incalculable contribution to our culture”.(1) According to the British Film Institute (BFI) 2013 Statistical Yearbook, cinema admissions in the UK reached 172.5 million, the third highest level in the last 40 years.(2)

The questions that are often raised surrounding British cinema are not always to do with its success but in fact questions what constitutes a ‘British’ film, despite what many people think it’s not as simple as saying this film was made in Britain hence its British there are many factors taken into account when it comes to classifying something as a British film, an example of this is the Harry Potter franchise which is in fact a British film series despite being funded almost solely by American companies. What constitutes a British film remains to be an interesting issue, the BFI has a 32 question test of which a minimum score of 50% must be achieved to qualify for any of its grants, if a film achieves over 50% it is in fact classed as a ‘British’ film.(3)