1. The discussion starts at noon of 7 August 2013 and will last until 2359 hours of 18 August 2013 (Discussion Period) 2. During the Discussion Period, you should make a minimum of two (02) posts of 70 to 150 words each for the discussion topic. 3. At least one of your posts must be in direct response to the discussion question below, while additional posts should be in response to those from other students. 4. Do not post in batches (for example, all posts in one day); instead, space out your posts regularly. 5. In your posts, you need to demonstrate that:
¢You have read the materials ¢ You understand the legal concepts and how to apply them; and ¢ You are able to bring together all the materials to show new and deep understanding of the discussion at hand. 6. Read what other students have posted and respond to them; you will also be graded for the amount and quality of engagement with the ideas of others. Hence, at least one of your posts should comment on or respond to what other students have posted (have they got their facts and theories right; have they applied them correctly and in what way; and in what way have you learned from what they write?)
7. This assignment will be graded, and relevant criteria will be no. of postings, relevance, reflection and interpretation, generating learning and evidence of practical application. 8. Please note that the rules on academic honesty and plagiarism apply to this Graded Discussion Board assessment. You should use your own words and ideas as much as possible, and cite any external sources that you refer to. You should be able to think of as many points as you can, or for each point as many angles of looking at it as you can. Dont just get stuck in one thing! Write in full and proper sentences with correct punctuation and spelling, like you would in an essay. Please observe online etiquette.
In December 2012, the Media Convergence Review Panel appointed by the Singapore Government released its Final Report on Media Convergence. The report is available online at http://www.mda.gov.sg/Reports/Documents/Media%20Convergence%20Review%20Final%20Report.pdf. Chapter 5 of the report addresses Policy and Regulatory Responses to Copyright and Digital Piracy, and debates the views from different stakeholders, ie, content owners, content users and technology providers.
After reading Chapter 5 of the report, consider and discuss the following: a.In your view, would the availability of legitimate content sources affect digital piracy rates in Singapore? Has the opening of new online stores such as iTunes and Spotify in Singapore changed the way by which Singaporeans consume digital content? b.What are the arguments for and against doing more to respond to copyright challenges in the online environment in Singapore? c.Do you agree with the recommendations of the Panel (as summarised in section 5.6), or would you have adopted other responses? Have a fruitful discussion!