Copyright Woes

          This week in my 5316 DLL class I have learned about copyright laws, copyright infringement, fair use, open source, and plagiarism. There is a lot to learn about all of these, a lot more than I can learn in one week. This is going to be a continuing education concept for sure. Copyright and plagiarism can be somewhat blurred at times. In order to ensure that I nor my students are not plagiarizing and abiding by the copyright laws I must be aware of the rules, laws, and regulations. Which there are many. I deal with copyright issues a lot in the classroom because my students will often use other artists work for a reference. I then have to explain that another person’s work can only be used for ideas, it cannot be duplicated.    

          In our class meeting this week Dr. M had one of her colleagues speak to us about writing. Billie Anns’ input was insightful for me. It made me question what my own kids are doing in school though. I have a 5th grader going to 6th and I don’t really think he has been taught how to write an essay like she is teaching. I’m sure that he has not been taught how to do research properly. She has a real good handle on teaching the students how to write and research properly. Her students are going to be well prepared for junior high and high school. I’m impressed with what she is doing for her students. She is teaching students in 4th grade what my school is teaching in high school. Great advanced teaching.

          On a final note, I learned a lot by reading through two different case studies and picking them apart to analyze the information they contained. It was challenging to put myself in someone else’s position and really think about how I would handle the situation differently or the same. The case study writings were challenging and rewarding.


Some references I found beneficial this week were:


Bailey, J. (2013, October 7). The Difference Between Copyright Infringement and Plagiarism – Plagiarism Today. Retrieved from


Bailey, J. (2017, June 21). Why Fair Use Isn’t Enough Sometimes… – Plagiarism Today. Retrieved from


Copyright and Fair Use Animation. (2014, September 15). Retrieved from


Copyright Basics: Crash Course Intellectual Property 2. (2015, April 30). Retrieved from


Morehouse, S. (2012, August 7). Explanation of the Creative Commons for Open Educational Resources. Retrieved from


Trademan, M. (2014, November 25). Trademark, Patent, or Copyright? | USPTO. Retrieved from


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