To answer Mathieu Plourde’s question for #udsnf12 blog question, only in one regard have I encountered copyright issues that I felt were inappropriate in the classroom setting: lack of credit to the originator. I have seen numerous times where the presenter does not give credit to images or content. With that said, I still feel that the instructor was able to use the materials without infringing on copyright.
“An Act for the encouragement of learning”
Based on the premise of fair use concerning the transformation of the content, I would argue that all educators who use any and all materials in their classrooms are transforming the use of the content. We are not trying to re-package it and sell it, we are trying to use the material to enhance, expand, support, promote, and solidify the concepts we are teaching. This is not the same thing as trying to re-sell it on the open market as our own creation.
Renee Hobbs’copyright research funded by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation has highlighted the true nature of copyright law, which is to promote the social benefit that occurs from sharing knowledge.
In Kirby Ferguson’s, Everything is a Remix series he reminds us that to become proficient we need to emulate and practice others’ materials before we can become masters who create new works and ideas. “Copying is how we learn.”
- Bad Faith and Fair Use (lawprofessors.typepad.com)