The May 2007 edition of Technology & Learning featured an article entitled “Fingerprinting the Web,” in which illegal downloading, file-sharing, and copyright are mentioned. Fingerprinting refers to computer code embedded in on-line copyrighted work. This code surfs the Internet looking for any violations. Copyright violators will receive a bill, as opposed to being sued. Internet companies will be using this fingerprinting to track content usage. Just another reason to use Creative Commons when searching for content that you and your students can share, edit, and make available on-line.
This is an entertaining video, by Professor Eric Faden of Bucknell University about copyright. (Yes, YouTube is blocked at school so you will have to view it at home.)