Your Right to Copy

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I always start the national conference telling myself I’ll do a blog a day on what and who I’ve seen. It’s already the closing day and I’m just getting around to it but this might be hard to top (if I ever coalesce my thinking on all that I’ve seen and heard on other topics).  Though most presentations on copyright that I’ve sat in on seemed to start with a disclaimer about “a lot of gray” or “but check with your district’s lawyer,” there have been a few that confidently proclaimed educators’ right to copy to advance knowledge. I sat in on one such session here in Denver yesterday. Renée Hobbs of Temple University is passionate about teachers’ rights and asserting those rights when teaching. Forget about those 10% and 30 second rules. She has even proposed teachers’ legal right to bypass the encryption on movies for the sake of education AND it’s under consideration by the U.S. copyright office! Want to know more? Check out her resources on “Fair Use supporting digital learning,” the “Code of Best Practices for Fair Use in Media Literacy Education,” and the Center for Social Media.


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  1. Deborah Thonus said:

    It is easy to make the case for creative and educational use of copyrighted material as a society’s right to be content user/creators. I was especially impressed with the TED Talks video by Larry Lessig, Mr. Lessig’s connection between today’s user generated content to the concern John Philip Souza had with the invention of the talking machine was brilliant. It seems we have come full circle.

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