Copyright Laws in Educational Issues
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Is Art Your Own? A look into copyright laws regarding material of art, music, original works of creation...

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As the Copyright Act of 1976 expresses "works in a fixed medium of expression" are covered under materials in copyright laws. Artists use original thoughts, colors, images, schemas and creativity to portray originality, so copyright laws covering this material is vital. Teachers who assume the role of law abiding citizens know that "original works" are crucial to the development of the student's mental, pyshical and pyschological health. 

 

We cannot express through copies, the importance of our historic times,our present economc scenarios and life challenges. As teachers it is our legal opportunity and duty to provide students with a chance to produce independent works, knowing that these "works" are considered materials covered by the copyright laws. This topic of covered materials defines art in the realm of honesty because art is about creation. Art is about the connection a human makes with the soul, the work, the creative intellect and copyright laws dominate to ensure original creations are protected by law. This is where teachers have the greatest responsibility to enlighten and establish copyright laws with the students.  

 

Apparent in the case of F.W. Woolworth v. Contemporary Arts in 1952, Woolworth sued for monatary damages for infringement laws broken from a copying of his "Cocker Spaniel" figurines. Read more... www. tabberone.com-Supreme Court Case

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Fair Use

Teachers and the "Fair Use" copyright laws regarding material copied for subject matter mastery

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"Fair Use"

 

In the classroom environment the teacher is considered the mentor, the guide, the rule setter and the knowledge base for the students. Along with the many standards addressed within the classroom there are also various rules followed by the teachers. Copyright laws serve to ensure the students are gaining an original atmopshere of truth within educational learning. The term Fair Use applies to teachers pertaining to the number of copies made to aid in teaching/learning subject matter content and citing examples to students regarding such core subject material. 

 

The copyright laws pertaining to "Fair Use" define the terms spontaneity and cumalitive, which are both established to set barriers for teachers to fall within when using copied material from other sources. This issue of copyright law is imperative to showing students the critical nature of originality. As an art teacher, an image is worth a thousand words, but 15 pictures from the same Art History book breaks the boundary line of copyright laws. Teachers are o et the example and be the example, not use every example from every book literally copied with no originality. Why would the student need the teacher if the material is copied directly from the source with no ispirational action to secure interpretation into the soure for validity during the contnt learning?  

 

As in the example from the court case of 1983 when a teacher used and copied eleven pages, of the twenty-four page book on "Cake Decorating" from a previous Home Economics teacher. The teacher was held liable for infringement laws because her copies were not used according to the cumalitve or spontaneity procedures for "Fair Use" copyright laws. This case highlights that copies of another intellectuals' work, by law, is used sparingly to portray a hint for content matter understanding, but that teachers are responsibe for original inventions for giuding students into learning subject matter.

 

 

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