9 Be Legal and Fair

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Copyright Laws

Throughout this module on Copyright Laws, my eyes were opened to many things I was unaware of.  I learned that a copyright lasts 70 years after the death of the copyright owner (that’s a LONG time).  Which allows us educators to use some materials with a copyright but it depends on 4 things…

  • the purpose and character of your use
  • the nature of the copyrighted work
  • the amount  taken
  • the effect of the use upon the potential market

copyright quizAfter watching several videos and reading up on copyright laws, I still don’t know everything there is no know.  I only scored a 17/20 on the copyright quiz. I thought your written work was only protected by U.S. copyright laws once it was registered with the U.S. Copyright Office, but your work receives protection as soon as you write it down.  I also didn’t know that if you transform a copyrighted work enough that is adds value and attracts a new audience it would be considered fair use. I was also surprised that you are allowed to make money off fair use material.  Overall, I learned many important facts that will help protect my students and I in the future.

Once, I unknowingly broke copyright laws by showing an animated film to my students for an end of the year celebration.  We were not using it for educational purposes.  It never occurred to me that this would not be ok to do.  My actions could have affected anyone who was a part of making that film.  In the future, I will tie any movie viewing to academic content and give our viewing a clear educational purpose.  If necessary, I will seek out permission to show a film to my students.

Creative Commons

Creative Commons is a very helpful website that allows me to label my online work for reuse.  I can note specific requirements for use such as “not for commercial use” or “can not be modified.”  They make it very simple.  What a great way to share your work in a legal and fair way.  I created a Creative Commons license and added it to my classroom webpage.  Click here and scroll to the bottom of the page to view the license icon.

website copyright

Screenshot of Creative Commons License

Plagiarism Checker

During this model we also learned about these handy-dandy plagiarism checkers.  Such a fast and easy way to check if student work is their own.  I quickly copied and pasted text from my classroom website and it immediately identified it as the source.  I found plagtracker to be the most user friendly.

CITW and ISTE Standards

Thing 9, Be Fair and Legal, clearly supports ISTE Standard 4: Promote and Model Digital Citizenship and Responsibility.  By teaching my students about copyright laws, they will be more responsible citizens of the digital community.  I believe this also supports homework and other assignments because students need to be aware of copyright laws been using digital work such as images in their projects.  They also may need to copyright their own works they have posted on the web.

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