Copyright - Necessary Knowledge - in progress!


Copyright is complex and difficult for teachers to understand. When it comes to copying ANYTHING, know what the copyright says. Read the fine print. Something as simple as running off copies of the great workbook you purchased at the teacher's store for your teacher friend across the hall is breaking copyright. Typically it states you may make copies for YOUR classroom.

Always ASK FOR PERMISSION. Check with your librarian. Know the boundaries and the questionable areas. Teaching and education has the 'face-to-face' exemption so if you give credit (and teach your students to do that as well), you can use material without paying for it WITHIN THE GUIDELINES (regarding amounts used and purpose and whether you HARM the creator's ability to have monetary gain from the work).

Uploading to the Internet is another matter. Beyond your classroom door is NOT face-to-face teaching. BE LEGAL in what you do. If you're not sure, investigate.

Take this short copyright quiz to give you a flavor of what's breaking copyright and what isn't: http://www.teachingcopyright.org/handout/copy-quiz

Here's a complete curriculum for teaching copyright to high school level students and beyond when they are doing media work:
http://www.teachingcopyright.org/

A Fair(y) Use Tale - http://www.teachingcopyright.org/handouts/a-fair(y)-use-tale (10:13 minutes) Great clip using portions o f Disney videos but because it is transformative in nature (does it add significant value as it is modified or used in a different context?), it's acceptable. What do you think?

Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Media Education - http://www.centerforsocialmedia.org/resources/publications/code_for_media_literacy_education/ Worth a good read!


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