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Yesterday I attended a great session from Kristin Hokanson about the new Copyright guidelines for educators. I am glad to have the new information and also wondering how it will apply in all the classrooms across Pennsylvania and the rest of the country. Matt Dancho and I were discussing the session and we both agreed that this would be a great place to start a dialog about how the new guidelines and their practical application in the classroom. So, check out more information at http://copyrightconfusion.wikispaces.com first.
What do you think about the concept of "transformativeness"? How will you communicate that objective to students when they are using materials? What kinds of obstacles or risks do you think might come up with these new guidelines?
I have mixed feelings about the new Copyright guidelines. They sound great in the abstract but I'm not sure how they will play out in the classroom. Some of us never mastered the "old guidelines" or should I say the "old interpretation" of Copyright and now we are being confronted with another interpretation. I fear that some teachers may say, "wait it out - this to shall pass."
These new guidelines make sense to me, and I think they are easier to understand, but we need to do a lot of PD for both staff and students. How does this impact how we use images in the classroom? Are flickr photos open for "grabs"? What about photos on netTrekker, or from a Google search? We still need to read the fine print.
I would like to hear how others feel about this. Kristin - where are you???? How do we help teachers and students use these new guidelines?
Thanks for your reply. I also have mixed feelings about the new guidelines. I get a little nervous when using a concept like "transformativeness" - what does it really mean? who decides if it has been applied? isn't it a little subjective?
Kristin, I would love to hear your thoughts as well.
If you read the literature you'll see that the new part of these guidelines is really what the guidelines have always been. In the past, people have been hyper compliant with these guidelines and in being hyper compliant have made the value of those resources in an educational setting more restricted then the law truly allows. Copyright owners having the sole power to control everything that can be produced as a result of that work, believe it or not would be a violation of the first amendment if fair use wasn't in existence. Claiming Fair isn't limited to the "standard" that we learned of 10%, x amount of words etc....