The most important thing in copyright laws is to know what copyright is. The term means that "copyright is a legal device that provides the creator of a work of art or literature, or a work that conveys information or ideas, the right to control how the work is used." Stephen Fishman, Esq. The Copyright Handbook, 1996. If a teacher is not sure if the document is within these guidelines then he or she can always try to contact the writer or producer to see if copying is allowed. This is the best way to make sure that copyright laws are not broken. In order to get great tips on how to make sure one is following copyright laws simply visit: http:// www.umuc.edu/library/copy.html#whatc
There are many things that one does not realize that are copyrighted. The use of audio, videos and pictures can all be copyrighted. These documents may not state that they are copyright material but in actuality the document is. In order to keep teachers from breaking the copyright laws and copying documents without giving credit to the author it is important for teachers to know the laws for copyright. If a teacher is not sure if the document is copyright, it is important that he or she document any material that is copied from a specific sight.
The website includes video and audio links that make learning about what kind of issues are currently in courts fun and entertaining. The section on Digital copyrights goes into detail about famous cases dealing with software, as well as explanations on software licensing, and an explanation of open source software. Most students will be interested in the section on SDMI (Secure Digital Music Initiative), and the record companies progress in encrypting their songs so that they can not be shared on the Internet. The Digital Millennium Copyright Act is the final section that should be read by students. The section on DMCA will give students a broader understanding of the balancing act in the courts with regards to copyright law.
Copyright infringement and plagiarism are two of the biggest problems facing anyone with access to the Internet. The temptation to use copyrighted material is great, and sometimes it is hard to tell what is free, and what is not. Unfortunately, ignorance is not a valid defense in federal court, and that’s exactly where many people end up now that large corporations are “cracking down” on piracy. One site that deals with the issue in depth is http:// www.benedict.com . The site is easy to navigate, with lots of information in an easy to digest format. The site deals with both sides of the issue, the legal implications of copyright issues, both on the Internet and off, and how to protect the material that you might publish to the Internet.