Comic author Rob Reid unveils Copyright Math (TM), a remarkable new field of study based on actual numbers from entertainment industry lawyers and lobbyists.
Ashley Johnson's insight:
A very enjoyable 5 minutes that had me snorting in the library...Rob Reid humorously tackles the controversial topic of copyright infringement due to piracy. Why is this important to teachers? Because it makes you smile and everyone should smile once a day at least! Plus it addresses some issues about the actual impact of the piracy we are teaching children not to do. Though we should probably not show them this video or we might encourage it. :)
As I am thinking about the legal implications of posting news articles onto Scoop.it in the first place, I find this article which gives me some relief in knowing that I am linking the article and not posting it. Whew! However, it is important to know that this is not legal, especially for teachers planning on having a classroom webpage set up for thier students.
The Supreme Court heard arguments on whether owners of products made outside the United States can freely lend or sell those products.
Ashley Johnson's insight:
This is about a current case the Supreme Court is hearing referring to a Cornell University and U of S. California student from Thailand who has his friends and relatives buy textbooks abroad and resells them for profit in the U.S. The publisher of the textbooks is suing for copyright infringement. This is an interesting case that I am curious to see the outcome of. The Justices are stuck between a rock and a hard place. If they rule to the defendant, they are advocating the actions of the student yet if they rule to the plaintiff, it opens a wave of possible litigation regarding foriegn made goods sold in the U.S. as well as U.S. goods made overseas and then sold here. Keep and eye on this one. If ruled for the plaintiff, use of certain materials in the classroom could no longer be protected under fair use.
In Michigan, a law firm reminded school districts that copyrighted motion pictures shown during any other time but a specific educational setting in the classroom is violating the copyright. Movies shown for reward or during assemblies, extra time, staffing emergencies, lunch or after school programs like clubs are not covered under fair use. If the teacher is not present or nearby it could qualify as infringement. This is important to remember as a teacher, as it can be easy to forget this is not an option in some situations especially under stress such as staffing emergencies or sudden bad weather.
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