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ConnectSafelyAug 16, 2018
Why we need to understand copyright now more than ever
By Larry Magid When I was in high school, the only way to copy someone else's work was to painstakingly retype or re-write it from a book, periodical or another student's paper. Today it's as simple as copy and paste. That has many publishers and educators worried. Educators worry about plagiarism, lack of integrity and loss of learning opportunity by those who take the lazy way out by stealing other people's work. Publishers, along with those in the music and video industries, worry about the theft of their intellectual property and potential loss of revenue. But unlike most of the ink in books and newspapers, it's not all black and white. There is such a thing as "fair use," that actually protects the rights of students, educators, journalists and others to use copyrighted material without having to ask for permission. There are also works that are not copyrighted or licensed specifically to be reused. I say this not to encourage the mere copying of other people's work, but to point out that one cannot only be legal but also creative by using material from others to add value to what they create. My nonprofit, ConnectSafely.org, has just published a free [...]
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