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27
Sep
2013

Content Makers Launch Controversial Elementary School Anti-Piracy Curriculum

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Content Makers Launch Controversial Elementary School Anti-Piracy Curriculum

In an attempt to make inroads on what some perceive as the long-term threat digital piracy poses to content creating industries, the Motion Picture Association of America, the Recording Industry Association of America, Center For Copyright Infringement, Internet Keep Safe Coalition and some of the nation’s top ISPs have banded together to create an elementary school “copyright education” curriculum that is scheduled to be tested within California elementary schools this year. With a unique approach for each grade from kindergarten through sixth, the program hammers home a consistent message: copying content without paying for it is theft.

Critics of the program, which has not been released into classrooms yet, say that the program never once mentions the concept of fair use, and that the concept of a Creative Commons license is not raised until the fifth grade coursework, suggesting that rights holders who grant limited permission on re-use is somehow too complicated. Critics contend that even in explaining the Creative Commons, the lesson says that it’s illegal to make any copies of copyrighted works, explicitly stating on the fifth grade worksheet: “If a song or movie is copyrighted, you can’t copy it, download it, or use it in your own work without permission” which implies that it’s even unlawful to rip your own CDs to your own iPod.

Fair use is not a part of the teaching material because K-6 graders don’t have the ability to grasp it according to Marsali Hancock, President of the Internet Keep Safe Coalition, who said the program “is developmentally consistent with what children can learn at specific ages.” Hancock says the group will also develop materials for older kids that do discuss fair use at some point in the future.

“We’ve got some editing to do” concedes Glen Warren, vice president of the California School Library Association – the non-profit organization that helped produce the materials in conjunction with the Internet Keep Safe Coalition and content industry trade groups. Warren agrees that it is incorrect to tell students they can never use copyrighted works without permission, as the fifth-grade worksheet presently does. He stated that some of the package’s language may have been influenced by the rights holders and the Center for Copyright Information. “We’re moving along trying to get things a little closer to sanity, that tone and language, that came from that side of the fence, so to speak.”

 

The final curriculum remains to be seen, but the battle between industry and advocates for a new paradigm of copyright reflect the realities of the digital age and will most assuredly continue for quite some time to come. Digital content and publishing innovation will continue to push popular culture forward for the next generation, and students are being brought online at even earlier ages than ever before – making the evolving concepts of copyright, purchasing content, fair use, and materials safe for kids important for parents and publishers.

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03
Jul
2013

NationalNet enjoys company 4th of July Picnic

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NationalNet treated it’s employees to a company picnic lunch, held in the break room because it was raining.  All employees brought their favorite dish and we had a barbeque company do the ribs and chicken on their grill for us.  Awesome food and fun was had by all today!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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24
May
2013

NationalNet employees Having Fun

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Occasionally at NationalNet we have mandatory “all employees must attend” meetings. These meetings are to discuss new customers, policy changes and as well, just brain storm about how we can provide better managed hosting or dedicated servers, as well as colocation for our customers.  Our employees bring great ideas to the table and it’s amazing what happens when we all get together like this.

Because we like to do fun things for them and keep them happy, we surprised them all with a night at Dave and Busters. For those not familiar, it’s a resturaunt that also has about every video game known to man.  It was lots of fun for all!

 

 

 


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22
Nov
2012

NationalNet Offers Our Thanks

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I thought I would share with you the Holiday Wishes that was sent to every NationalNet Web Hosting for in celebration of the Thanksgiving holiday…..

Even though NationalNet is a Global Company with Clients spread to every corner of the planet, our Operations and Employees are solely on American soil and, with that, sometimes we blindly celebrate our own Holidays without taking time to stop to honor our friends and customers own holidays and traditions. To that end, I wanted to take a moment during the Thanksgiving Holidays and give thanks for ALL of our clients no matter their home. For our friends and family in America, HAPPY THANKSGIVING!! To those of you in the many countries that have already celebrated your “Thanksgiving” or “Harvest Festival” or “Sukkot” we give thanks for you too. 

In this industry, more than most, we realize that the world is getting smaller every day but in so many ways we are becoming more and more beholden to technology. PLEASE take just a few minutes this weekend to put down the smart phone, the tablet, the laptop, the game controller and tell those that you care about how you really feel. Whether it is your spouse, your partner, your kids, your parents, your siblings or your neighbors let them know what they mean to you. It won’t take but a minute and it will make you BOTH feel great!!

HAPPY THANKSGIVING FROM OUR FAMILY TO YOURS!!!!

Tony Morgan

Chief Executive Officer

NationalNet, Inc.

 

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02
Dec
2011

Giving Thanks

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On the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, the NationalNet Executive Management team surprised the staff with a wonderful turkey dinner from Mary Mac’s of Atlanta.  We were spoiled with turkey & cornbread dressing, ham, mashed potatoes, sweet potato casserole, green beans, banana pudding and more.  Everything was delicious and it was wonderful to spend time with all of our staff and some of their families too.

After lunch, we found another surprise waiting for us outside.  A Game Truck had been hired to spend a few hours outside the data center. The truck was equipped with multiple game consoles and all of the latest video games that we played on large flat screens.

The delicious meal and time spent gaming with coworkers was a very nice way to head into the Thanksgiving holiday!

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28
Oct
2011

McLane Charity Golf Classic

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Recently we had the honor of participating in the McLane Charity Golf Classic. Just South of Atlanta at the Whitewater Creek Golf Course, four NationalNet representatives spent the day ‘teeing it up for the kids.’  The golf classic benefits Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.  We are excited to be returning supporters and hope to see everyone again next year.  Take a look at some of our pictures from the event, there couldn’t have been a more perfect day to play golf for such a wonderful cause!

 

New high level security man trap doors at NationalNet

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