ERIC Number: EJ819047
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Oct-1
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Who's Afraid of the Big Bad [C]?
School Library Journal, v54 n10 p44-48 Oct 2008
Few subjects spark more disagreement and confusion than copyright. The authors of the 2007 report "The Cost of Copyright Confusion for Media Literacy" coined the term "hyper-comply" to describe how many information professionals respond to copyright. According to the study by American University's Center for Social Media, educators often "over-comply with copyright law, and even forego using legitimate teaching tools and techniques for fear of violating copyright." Along with hyper-compliance, the researchers also found that "studied ignorance" and "clandestine transgression" lead to schools where "teachers use less effective teaching techniques, teach and transmit erroneous copyright information, fail to share innovative instructional approaches, and do not take advantage of new digital platforms." What can information professionals do to change things? For starters, they need to overhaul the way they teach copyright and other intellectual property issues in their schools. Library media specialists also need to quit being copyright cops. In this article, the author discusses four changes that must be seriously considered if the needs of students and teachers are to be met.
Descriptors: Teacher Responsibility, Copyrights, Media Specialists, Media Literacy, Compliance (Legal), Legal Responsibility, School Libraries, Ethics
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