The Problem: When I answered a question about whether or not images from the Internet could be utilized in the project (for the 17th time), one of the students nonchalantly yelled out, “But who’s gonna know?”
The Response: Well, instead of getting physical, screaming at the top of my lungs and/or throwing my laser pointer, I hopped on my digital citizenship and honesty soap box—again—and attempted to explain the reasons behind my answer (including “Do you really want the copyright Police banging on your door? Ha, ha!).
The Outcome: After witnessing 24 blank stares gazing back at me during my very calm and professional rant, I realized it was time to search for yet another resource to teach students about the topic of copyright and fair use. Obviously, all of the information I’ve shared regarding the use of images and audio in multimedia projects had not made the impact I had hoped it would. Despite my pleas—oh, and the law—I guess it’s just much easier just to use that copy and paste function. At least that’s life according to a ten year old.
The Search Results: Among other useful materials, I stumbled across a pretty neat interactive image on the Cyberbee site that answers some common student questions about copyright, including the one that sent me over the edge!
The Screenshot: That’s what is shown below. Click here to access the interactive version of this graphic.
Image attribution: Central Washington University Piracy Information.