Intellectual Property and Copytrighting

Own the rights to your work is one of the most important things that has happened to the social world because anybody can find it and use it. You take an amazing photo of a sunset and then you forgot to reserve the rights and then some company picks it up and uses it for their logo. Now they get rich and you get no money at all. This is something that is easily avoidable, but not may people are aware of how to protect themselves.

With social networks being as prevalent as they are, everyone wants to share every thing they see and this can be great as long as what you’re sharing is public domain. You can’t just grab and use everything you see and I think that once people educate themselves on the basics of copyright law they will save themselves a lot of headache.

This is especially true for teachers. Say you make an amazing slideshow presentation for your class and it’s so good that other teachers in the school want to use it. Then it gets picked up and used by other teacher’s at a conference and it has your name on it. All is going well until the original owner of the images finds your presentation online with your name all over their creative designs. Now you have a problem. if only you had ensured that those images were public domain, you wouldn’t be facing a possible lawsuit.

People just need to be more careful and educate themselves because it will only be beneficial in the long run as shown here in this short video Public Domain

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3 thoughts on “Intellectual Property and Copytrighting

  1. lukemeyer says:

    I like your example of the teacher creating a great powerpoint. I have borrowed slides from others and had other request to use slides that I have prepared for things like class presentations, or summaries of research articles. And in this example, it is definitely the better teachers who are at more risk because more people are going to ask to use some of their presentations. This places more and more pressure to use only non-copyrighted images, videos, and content. I have had pretty decent luck with searching through creative commons’ images to find what I need, but there is nothing easier than doing a google image search for what you are looking for, save the image, and put it into your report. Have to think twice now before doing this. Great post!

  2. fsabatelli says:

    I agree with you that many people do not fully understand today’s copyright laws. Social Media has made it so easy to share everything that it is hard to know where the line should be drawn. What is actually illegal and what is okay to share? I like the example you came up with about the presentation. It is so true that teachers share resources and that is definitely a way copyrighting can get out of control. I think it is important that teachers as well as students learn and know about copyright laws. In some way they should be up to date on things.

  3. bmartindale2013 says:

    Amber, I thought you made a very good point when it comes to the idea of owning your own intellectual property. I think that it is easy to look at copyright from the point of view of someone who wants to use someone else’s intellectual property but can’t because it is protected. I honestly usually get frustrated by copyright laws, but to think of it from the perspective of someone who has taken a beautiful photo or drawn an incredible picture, I would want credit for that which I had created. Also, I thought that the example you gave of a presentation that a teacher could make that could be seen in a public conference is a very pertinent and viable example of how not understanding or following copyright laws could get us in trouble as educators. It is important to become informed and use only the information that we have rights to. That is why I now love Creative Commons because I feel like it gives me the ability to make sure that anything I use is within my rights to use, but it doesn’t involve me spending inordinate amounts of time trying to find the owner of the intellectual property and ask for permission to use it. As our technology advances, it is important to have companies like Creative Commons make it easier and more possible to navigate these new “copyright waters.”

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