ICT – responsible use forum

I’m attending an ICT forum on “responsible use” tomorrow, with information from Minter Ellison, National Copyright Unit, and more. I hope to learn something ‘new’.

Fair use, and responsible use online are significant issues, that need solutions for management in schools in developing a culture of ‘fair use’. I am surprised that there seems to be nothing listed on the agenda in relation to Creative Commons – will they mention or cover these newer directions?

Back in August, Andy Carvin wrote about Encouraging student creativity with Creative Commons.

In today’s world, copyright has become a lot more complicated. Ever since the advent of digital recording and the ability to upload large files to the Internet, everyone with Internet access could theoretically become distributors of other people’s content, even without their permission.

Hmm, how does this video below fit with this?

The post on YouTube provides the source of this video from Stanford Law School. Nice. Is it OK for me to capture it this way for the purpose of education? Since their purpose is to promote ‘fair use’, and our purpose in schools is to teach about “fair use” – I imagine that distribution of this video, with acknowledgment, is going to be fine. But I don’t know – and I didn’t ask. Would you? In this case the ‘horse has bolted’, as I found this link via popurls!

How close do we stick with these ideals? The sharing on social sites, such as Flickr, encourages us to ‘do the right thing’ and reference our use of photos, even when willingly shared. However, it is our job to be encouraging students to be familiar with the purpose of Creative Commons licensing, and how this is used in environments beyond the standard copyright laws in our own countries or under international law.

A Fair(y) Use Tale

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2 thoughts on “ICT – responsible use forum

  1. Thanks Andy. The conference I attended today which looked at laws in the Australian context for education also made the point that careful use of Creative Commons was important – even to go so far as to say that the only CC license that we should be using is Attribution – not even non-commercial! Our laws are changing, and apparently are more advanced (for education) than any other country. I’m waiting for the ‘fact sheets’ to be available so that I can blog and share the information. Meanwhile I can see that the OER Commons at http://oercommons.org/ is worth exploring.

  2. I was at a conference a few days ago and the opening keynote was Larry Lessig, the founder of Creative Commons. Jeff Jarvis asked him about the role of claiming fair use, in the context of bloggers and others using political content, such as clips from presidential debates. Lessig said that claiming fair use can get you into trouble because you just don’t know when someone might try to litigate against you. This point validates the importance of creative commons, because the legal deeds associated with CC licenses are clear-cut and not open to the wishy-washy interpretations of fair use. More about the discussion here.

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