Sunday, October 18, 2009
Melissa Techman "Copyright" Oct. 17 LM_NET
Ms. Techman shares a great idea about promoting books that, unfortunately, violates copyright law. I find that this happens ALL THE TIME in schools. It is just so easy to copy pages for a class set rather than use precious funds for a class set of books. The LMS is clearly the person most knowledgeable about this issue in the building, although every teacher should be aware of these laws. Most people just don't care. The truth is, I'm not sure how I would tackle this issue as a LMS. I have mentioned to colleagues that they are blantently violating copyright and the response is the same as my students' - "So what? No one will ever know and I need this." Teachers will often pull the "it's for the kids" arguement. I am a rule-follower but I am also practical. How do I convince teachers that copyright violation is unethical and illegal and THAT should be reason enough not to do it? Furthermore, is it even possible to enforce this in your building?