professornana (professornana) wrote,

Record breakers

I am "that" person. I can't help myself. When I see someone violating copyright and fair use, I say something. I was sitting behind a woman who was recording an author's presentation years ago. I asked her to stop. She told me she was recording it to show to her students, and that was not hurting anyone. I have seen copies of books being distributed. I watched someone go through slides of every page of a picture book.

I have always been "that" person. When the former residents of the back bedroom wanted to share music with someone else (or when one of their friends burned them a copy of some music), I refused to let them do it. I would not let them access Napster. I sent note to a teacher about xeroxed copies of a book, and more than one note to the band director who copied music for his band kids. A few weeks ago, I informed folks at the hairdresser shop that copying movies and watching pirated copies was illegal.

Yesterday, Colby Sharp tweeted about those using Periscope to record and broadcast a presentation at a conference. He wondered if they should not get permission before doing this. Periscope and other apps do make it easier to record a presentation and share it. Ans maybe we need to consider the implications of how easy it is to record and broadcast materials that are not our own.

I did not mind that my Nerd Talk was recorded. I did a podcast of it that will air down the road sometime. I make my power points available for participants. Karin Perry and I have done videos of presentations and made them public as well. However, if we do not specifically make materials available, it is because they are still a work in progress or because we want to present the materials again elsewhere. These are products of our work. We "own" them.

But some believe that they can copy, download, or record what they wish. They cite "fair use," but they do not truly understand what fair use entails. Here is an excellent resource on fair use: I hope that, as school commences (SORRY FOR THAT REMINDER), it is time for a review of copyright and fair use.

Generally, I will give permission for recording short pieces of a presentation. Recently, I have recorded my presentations so that someone can view the power point with some narration to put it into context. As I do this, I am a trifle uneasy. I know that I am leaving myself open to piracy. I have seen materials I created copied and distributed without any attribution. I know other colleagues have found their work for sale on sights such as Teachers Pay Teachers. Make no mistake: this is illegal and unethical.

So, ask someone for permission to use their materials. I think you will find that most of us are more than willing to share (with proper attribution). Get permission to copy published works. Adhere to the fair use guidelines. Please remember that, if we want our students to be ethical people, we should set the example.
Tags: copyright, fair use
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