Copyright…is it right?

People always say don’t plagerize…source

we are taught at a young age how to avoid plagiarism.

However we’re not commonly taught how to avoid copyright. Copyright is a form of protection given to the authors or creators of their original works. It is important to get things copyrighted because you do not want your thoughts or ideas taken and presented as someone elses.

As a teacher how do you avoid copyright infringement?? Well theres two ways..

  1. We teach our students the basics of copyrighting (check out this link to copyright basics for kids
  2. learn what is covered under the fair use policy

You might be wondering, what exactly is fair use??? Stanford University Libraries defines it as …

“any copying of copyrighted material done for a limited and “transformative” purpose, such as to comment upon, criticize, or parody a copyrighted work. Such uses can be done without permission from the copyright owner”

So basically it protects teachers and students against copyright infringment when they are using the materials in a way that is relevent to what they are learning/doing in the classroom.

As a teacher we have to be concious of the things we are using when teaching our students.  If a photo, movie, poem, etc. is associated with what you are teaching in the classroom then you are in the clear to use it. However if you are just showing your students Disney Movies because you don’t feel like doing anything with them that dat you are violating copyright. As shown in this article Disney threatened to sue daycares fors showing their movies due to copyright, even though it is not widely talked about copyright is a serious issue.

Copyright..can be right (fair use) but it can be wrong so just be safe and educate yourself!


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