Lately, we’ve been hearing more and more about digital copyrights and fair use in the news and online – particularly with the whole SOPA/PIPA uproar that recently swept the web.
Also, we on the Edublogs support team have been getting more and more complaints and official requests to remove copyrighted content that users have placed on blogs.
The legal jargon with respect to digital copyrights can be confusing – especially since different countries have their own laws and regulations.
With this post, we hope to dispel a few myths and pull together a complete list of resources for teachers and students to use when blogging and working with content online.
There are many devices which make duplication, distribution, derivation, display, and public performance of copyrighted work possible, easy and quick. But the ability to do so does not make it legal to do so. Just because you can easily make copies of articles, download music, duplicate videos, cut and paste text from Web sites, etc. does not automatically mean you may do so!
If Nancy Sims had to pick one word to describe how researchers, students, and librarians feel about copyright, it would probably be "confused."
A lawyer and a librarian, Ms. Sims is copyright-program librarian at the University of Minnesota Libraries. She's there to help people on campus and beyond—both users and owners of protected material—understand their rights.