Sunday, April 3, 2011

Week 1 Reading

In addressing copyright issues in this weeks reading is a familiar subject I deal with. I teach a class called Professional Practices and we touch on copyright, what is considered copyright and what is not, when you can use copyrighted information and how to use that to your advantage.

Knowing what to do when wanting to use copyrighted material is important. Contacting the appropriate people to get permission to use it is important, and thanks to the way information is readily available these days, copyright can be quite hard to understand. The best part of this weeks reading is the Facts and Myths about copyright. I think if this was presented to the average person, they could decide on what information is available and which is not. Music is an easy issue to go over with copyright. The use of music on presentations or videos is closely guarded. For example, you can't use music you find on iTunes for projects without getting prior permission. I often see videos tagged with copyright issues where the audio is removed because of this.

Either way you look at it, copyright is a very challenging subject to master.

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