Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Monday, August 25, 2008
Monday, August 04, 2008
Also, I went to my own flickr page and found that I have the option of controlling who can blog my images. (any flickr member, you and your family, you and your friends, only you, etc...) It does default to Any Flickr Member though.
Sunday, August 03, 2008
This is a test post from , a fancy photo sharing thing.
Saturday, August 02, 2008
Now we are dealing with images, music, video, etc... The laws are so complicated and so the majority of students (and teachers!) ignore them. Teachers are used to dealing with text plagarism and so they tend to be much more concerned that something be in a student's words and clue into when text has been copied directly from another source. Most educators have clear ideas about what needs to be sited when it comes to text.
The issue with images, music and other multimedia is much more confusing. Add to that the fact that many kids see NO problem with downloading music, movies or TV shows that are copyrighted and sharing them and the whole idea of Intellectual Property and copyright muddies. A while ago I created a web page about copyright with the idea that teachers just needed a very clear and simple way to look at it. Copyright for Educators suggests these things:
1. Check for copyright notices at the bottom of web pages.
2. Never put copyrighted material up on the web without permission.
3. If in doubt ask for permission.
4. Create your own graphics.
5. Always give credit to the original creator of anything you use.
6. Use a Creative Commons License on your own work, especially if you want to share.
Recently I was looking for an image for this blog and I was shocked. I decided to see what there was in Google Images. Now that there are tons of blogs it is very easy to see the same image used over and over again. Try searching for any commonly known image and you will get 100,000's of hits many of which are on blogs or MySpace pages. What is our responsibility as teachers? Is it getting impossible to monitor fair use and therefore less important to worry about copyright? What about your own content? If you are a photographer, artist, musician or have a particularly interesting blog is it OK if others copy and use your creations?
I have no answers, but these are important questions. An interesting blog post on the subject is What to do when Someone Steals your Content at Lorrell on Wordpress Blog. I really am interested in your experiences and thoughts about this.Also, there are some great links on the bottom of this blog entry. One of them leads to a blog called Plagerism Today and here is a link to what the writer has to say about Photobucket.