I am new to all this as well, but my impressions of what a blog should be is an interactive place to share our ideas so I am hoping that when you all get a chance, that you will take the time to participate in a discussion on copyright and fair use here. I also look forward to checking out your blogs, too!
First, I want to share some of my own thoughts and experiences in relation to copyright. Though I think we all have been generally aware of copyright issues and have all seen this warning
at the beginning of every movie we have ever watched. I think when a discussion about copyright law starts, many peoples' reactions tend to be "Ugh, this is really confusing and scary!" Although I think as future librarians and for some of you, current educators, it is important to be aware of copyright issues and to follow a few simple rules. I will get around to posting the details of fair use as discussed in chapter 3 of our text (p. 39-48), Copyright for Schools: A Practical Guide, 4th ed. by Carol Simpson, but first, I would like to ask you a few general copyright questions:
1. Have you heard of "fair use" before this class?
2. If so, when/where did you first here of this phrase? Please briefly share your prior knowledge on this subject.
3. You may have already answered this question in #2, but if not, did you ever have a class in undergrad studies or an educational presentation on copyright or "fair use" issues?
I am especially interested in what education, if any, you received in a teacher education program or otherwise, on copyright. I have to admit that I only recently heard of much of the terminology such as fair use, public domain, DMCA (Digital Millennium Copyright Act), and the TEACH (Technology, Education, and Copyright Harmonization) Act, and surprisingly, I don't recall any formal class or even part of a class that addressed the topic in my undergrad courses as an English Education major. I definitely think that students in teacher education programs should be required to take a course that could be entitled, "Teachers & the Law" or how about "Legal Issues for Educators"? This course could cover all sort of legal issues including copyright law, teachers' unions, and teachers' and students' rights. I guess my most recent education on copyright issues was when I attended a webinar with a keynote speaker who talked about copyright. I will provide information about that in my next post. I would like to close my first blog posting ever by sharing with you a YouTube link entitled, "A Fair(y) Use Tale" by Eric Faden that I first viewed as part of the aforementioned keynote speaker presentation. Here's the link:
Enjoy, and I looked forward to hearing about your thoughts and experiences about fair use and copyright! ~Steph