Copyright long has been a challenge for distance learning, and the vast scale of MOOCs escalates the importance of addressing the law in a most thoughtful and creative manner. Hundreds ... Somebody owns the copyrights.
I found this article to be very insightful. I think the author raises some very valid points about copyright and distance learning issues. As always there is potential for copyright infringement, such as the Basic Books, Inc. v. Kinko's Graphics Corp., 758 F. Supp. 1522 (S.D.N.Y. 1991). In this case Kinko's copied excerpts from books, and sold them to college students. They tried to claim that it was fair use, but they did not comply with the guidelines. I think it is really important for teachers to fully understand what they are doing in regards to copyright laws. There are so many different ways to do things over the internet. If teachers even question whether or not their lesson includes something that may violate the copyright laws, they should try to find an alternative for the assignment. I do think that distance learning poses a challenge for everyone involved, but it is important for teachers to follow the law.
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Allyson Chance Alexander's insight:
I feel that it is important for teacher to know and understand their rights. Just like the Williams case in Williams v. Weisser, 78 Cal. Rptr.542 (Ct. App. 1969), the teacher does not have copyrights to works created for their employment. In the Williams case though, Weisser tried to sell notes and outlines from Williams class. Williams did have copyright to his lecture because it was not open to the public. It is important for every teacher to understand where their school stands on issues like this.
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Allyson Chance Alexander's insight:
This is an amazing tool that teachers can use to determine what is acceptable and what is not acceptable under copyright laws. This website is a tool that would help teachers determine whether or not their desire to use resources is acceptable under the "Fair Use" exceptions for teachers. In some situations it is ok to make copies without getting the permission of the author. In the case of Marcus v. Rowley, 695 F.2d 1171 (9th Cir. 1983) the teacher made copies from a book that did not meet the "Fair Use" guidelines. Had the teacher had a resource such as this, maybe she would have made the right decision regarding what was ok to copy, and what was not.
I think the author raises a valid point! I think that too often teachers see plagiarism as a minor offense, especially in younger students. Students need to learn about plagiarism at an early age. Teachers need to teach their students why it is important to follow copyright laws. Teachers also need to think twice before copying those workbook pages.
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