The semester is over and it is time for me to to finish blogging about the copyright class that I taught this fall...and what I want to talk about are the assignments.
This year, I changed some of the assignments and pushed the students outside of their comfort zone. For example, I had them create a one-page explanation of a section of the law, with the idea that this explanation would be understandable by anyone. A few students did theirs as infographs! The idea around the one-page was for them to understand the law well enough that they could explain it simply.
They also developed a brief on a current copyright issue, wrote about a copyright-related court case, and developed a training plan to be used to train others about copyright. Some students had not written lesson plans before, which was needed for that last assignment, and so some were really outside of their comfort zone!
What impressed me was that students delved deep into the law and into resources that are available about copyright. The scoured the Internet looking for resources and ideas, and I was amazed at what they found. There is a lot more good content available on copyright than I realized. (And I'll be sharing some of them in upcoming blog posts.) I'm also impressed with their understanding of the law and their ability to communicate it to others, which is not always an easy task. Yes...I threw them a challenging semester and they thrived in it.
All of these assignments are good pieces for their portfolios. These pieces demonstrate their knowledge of copyright law; their ability to analyze and write; and their ability to understand how to pass their knowledge onto others. I know that instruction is a huge need in many libraries, so those training plans can be used to demonstrate that they understand that need and are ready to help meet it. [BTW looking for a soon-to-be MLIS graduate with copyright knowledge? Let me know.]
Mandatory Readings: (Please excuse any font discrepancies.)
Week #10 - Exerting Your Copy Rights & Copyright Court Cases
- Lawrence Lessig. In Defense of Piracy, http://online.wsj.com/article/SB122367645363324303.html
- Title 17, Chapter 5. (This is not the easiest thing to read…)
- U.S. Courts. Structure of the U.S. Courts (1 page) http://www.uscourts.gov/EducationalResources/FederalCourtBasics/CourtStructure/StructureOfFederalCourts.aspx
- Crews. Copyright Law for Librarians and Educators. Ch. 15.
- Legal Issues Involved in the Music Industry, http://www.law-arts.org/pdf/Legal_Issues_in_the_Music_Industry.pdf
- Comments of Sirius XM Radio, Inc. http://www.copyright.gov/docs/sound/comments/reply/041413sirius-xm-radio.pdf
- Syracuse University’s statement in response U.S. Copyright Office’s call for testimony concerning the desirability and means of bringing sound recordings fixed before February 15, 1972, under Federal jurisdiction, http://www.copyright.gov/docs/sound/comments/initial/20110131-K-Matthew-Dames-Syracuse-University.pdf
- Federal Copyright Protection for Pre-1972 Sound Recordings: Background, http://www.copyright.gov/docs/sound/
- Crews. Copyright Law for Librarians and Educators. Ch. 17.
- Hirtle. Copyright and Cultural Institutions. Chapters 10-11
- Harris, L.E. (2010). Tips for a successful E-content license. Information Outlook, 14(7), 34-35. Retrieved from http://search.proquest.com/docview/816449707
- Harris, L. E. (2010). Copyright and licensing: Job growth areas for librarians. Information Outlook, 14(5), 37-37. Retrieved from http://search.proquest.com/docview/750862665
- Harris, L. E. (2009). Ensuring appropriate conditions of use. Information Outlook, 13(4), 51-52. Retrieved from http://search.proquest.com/docview/197401241
- Harris, L. E. (2008). Licensing digital content: Part I. Information Outlook, 12(7), 50-51. Retrieved from http://search.proquest.com/docview/197408160
- Harris, L. E. (2008). Licensing digital content: Part 2. Information Outlook, 12(8), 42-42. Retrieved from http://search.proquest.com/docview/197405694
- Harris, L. E. (2007). Bargaining for information? here's how to get what you need. Information Outlook, 11(2), 38-39. Retrieved from http://search.proquest.com/docview/197404592
- Harris, L. E. (2007). When the negotiations begin, listen carefully, stay on point. Information Outlook, 11(3), 32-33. Retrieved from http://search.proquest.com/docview/197397800
- Harris, L. E. (2005). Digital licensing questions. Information Outlook, 9(6), 62-64. Retrieved from http://search.proquest.com/docview/197368003
- 3-D Printing Stirs Copyright Clash on Homemade IPhone Gear: Tech, http://www.businessweek.com/news/2013-08-13/3-d-printing-stirs-copyright-clash-on-homemade-iphone-gear-tech