I have a confession. As a teacher, I have broken the law . . . on more than one occasion too! I am guilty but in my defense I simply didn’t know the law. Now, I didn’t invade someone’s privacy, cause bodily harm to another person or commit grand larceny.
No, I am talking about copyright infringement. I’ve used images, music and video without permission and I’m working to correct it. I didn’t do maliciously or even knowingly.
What was the problem? There is a lot of misunderstanding and confusion surrounding this area and rightfully so. It’s not so cut and dry and what you can do as a private citizen and what you can do as a teacher in the name of education are different.
Read on past the break to get a quick overview of what copyright is, what fair use is and quick PDF of what you can and cannot do in your classroom. For the record, I am getting most of my information and images below from the Electronic Frontier website on teaching copyright.