A Copyright Guide for Educators

School Library Journal – “Do you often question whether it’s OK to include portions of a book, film, or song in your classroom lesson? What about whether YouTube can be used as a teaching tool? Hopefully, librarians will have a clearer understanding of copyright law with the new guide The Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Media Literacy Education.”

I’ve been meaning to write a post about the importance of librarians understanding and not breaching copyright.  This includes not downloading music (or anything for that matter) illegally via Livewire or BitTorrent.

Sure, copyright law can be annoying, but it’s the law and librarians should NOT be breaking the law.  Especially copyright laws. 

Does your iPod have illegal music on it?

One Response to “A Copyright Guide for Educators”

  1. walt crawford
    November 14, 2008 at 4:54 pm #

    I see a huge disconnect between your first paragraph and the rest.

    The first is about librarians becoming better informed about Fair Use–when it’s legitimate to use stuff without asking permission.

    The rest of the comment is quite the opposite, warning about “not breaching copyright.”

    Of course, most Big Media people deny that Fair Use exists and want an entirely permission society.

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