> This new teacher said the was a topic that was NOT discussed much in
> her teacher training. Why not present the idea to your administrator
> to have a professional development session dealing with this topic?
> The tech person, librarian and maybe a community lawyer (who will
> volunteer?) can present a condensed version of all of the info then
> field questions. I know my former school "encouraged" copyright
> violations (in many cases - long story)... Don't know what the
> policies are now.
There is, on the other hand, something to be said for the proposition
that children as students have a right to the knowledge of the world
and have, therefore, a right to information even if copyrighted.
"it is easier to get forgiveness than permission" is a maxim in
dealing with schools so it is always advisable to scrounge any and all
information for students in your classes. I the case of art classes
this isvolves imagery. If you go involving administrators and
librarians you are apt to wind up with people making rules that
interfere with your ability to assemble the information so don't ask,
don't tell, don't discuss it, just do it.
What you have to keep in mind about copyright is that a copyright,
registered or assumed, is a claim to the rights of a particular work,
not proof of ownership. I can publish a book with illustration of the
Rennaisance masters, and copyright that book, even the pictures in it,
but I can't copyright the works of Leonardo. It is of little
significance, therefore if i get my picture of a Leonardo fresco from
your book or another, so i say, use what you find, wherever you find
it. I can publish my own book and travel to italy to take a picture
from the exact spot you took yours and have the identical image in my
book, but if i just take yours what is the difference? This is and
ancient conundrum and is only going to get more complicated.
I'm certainly not going to say, "No, Bobby, you can't look at the
picture of the Yves Tanguy painting because the Tanguy estate is
currently in litigation with Simon and Schuster over the rights to the
Chicago Art Institute painting, 'The Rapidity of Sleep' until the
seventh circuit appeals court decides in favor of the Mmotion to
supress the publication." I'm more likely to say, "hey, look at this!"
Incidentally, there are wealthy organizations like Getty (or RIAA) who
are forever tryng to enforce their claims to various images (sounds
and so on) and it is wise, therefore, to save copies of imges when
first found because they may be gone tomorrow; anyway, it is easy to
save whole web sites on your local drive.
Much the same can be said of texts, currently the subject oh heated
debate. But i gave a student the compete text of howard Zinn's
"People's History of the United States" os a miniature CD the other
day ad while I approve of Mr. Zinn making a buck on the book the text
just might change a young guy's life and i suspect Howard would
approve of that.