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Copyright vs Copywrong

Page history last edited by Mary Verbick 10 years, 3 months ago

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Somebody's Watching You by Tallent Show. 

by Tallent Show

 © All rights reserved

used by permission from the free use photo pool

 

WHO'S WATCHING ANYWAY?

 

What's in a word? At the basic level the word 'copyright'  is easy to understand. It simply means to copy the right way. Use material created by other people in a correct and ethical manner. Don't steal other people's property. We have all heard "Imitation is the highest compliment" or something like that. But, using someone else's material without permission or taking credit for someone else's work - is not flattery - it is theft. It is hurtful and illegal. We are blessed and cursed by the flood of information and published works in our exploding digital society. The lines of creative ownership have become blurred because people can 'anonymously' access material on the world wide web and use it with ease. Most of the time this can be done without being "caught". When risk seems low and gain comes easily, it is no wonder that many people think little about copyright infringement or plagiarism. 

 

So, what is an educator to do?

  • First, I must pay attention to the behavior I model for students.  When I legally use someone else's material, I need to explicitly state that I have done so and point out how this is done. Otherwise, students won't even notice the process. Don't we all fast forward through the credits?  
  • I must be intentional and explicit about copyright issues when students are engaged in lessons that requires research or projects that involve the use of images, music, video, or other tangible material. Many adults are unsure of copyright rules. I cannot expect students to know what to do.
  • Give students an opportunity to explore and practice.
  • Hope that my teaching sinks in.

Comments (3)

Mary Verbick said

at 7:30 pm on Feb 22, 2010

Note: If you open this page at school, the photo I posted is blocked. It is definitely not objectionable and I used it legally but it is blocked none the less. C'est la vie.

rebecca foster said

at 6:05 pm on Mar 26, 2011

I AECOME AWARE OF ACCEPTABLE USE OF FM CERTAINLY GLAD TO B

rebecca foster said

at 6:08 pm on Mar 26, 2011

LET ME FINISH, GLAD TO HAVE IT CLARIFIED ABOUT THE USE OF FILMS AND DVDS IN THE CLASSROOM, ENTERTAINMENT IS A NO NO!

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