Thursday, June 14, 2007

Site for Kids: Taking the Mystery Out of Copyright

The Library of Congress has launched a copyright site geared for students and teachers. As soon as I saw an email announcing it, I jumped over to the site to check it out. Now I'm disappointed. This is a site built by adults trying to tell students what they need to know. I doubt that it will be any interest to students (or that they will find it useful). The LOC should have built a site with input from students so it would be something students would truly use.

Students need a way of understanding copyright on all materials -- including those that we digitize. Let's hope that a site is built that is really geared for them (perhaps by the Creative Commons), 'cause this isn't it.

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