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Wednesday, February 2, 2011

EDM613 MAC - Week 1 Reading - Copyright

This is my husband's band, Echo Road. Feel free to listen to or
download their music at

Reading and watching the videos about copyrighting, and fair use, was daunting! There is no easy answer or clear right/wrong thing to do. I believe that artists are inspired by elements in their world, including music they hear. So what's a person to do? Be careful and always ask permission. Better to have requested permission, and find out fair use applied, then to not ask, and break the law.


  1. Most of the time you will not be able to actually ask anyone. So if you're a teacher and are using it for educational purposes, you should be fine. I know a lot of cases where Disney will go after daycare centers that have any of their characters in it (Winnie the Pooh, Mickey, etc...) but if you show Fantasia in your class to talk about art, you are free to do so.

    Don't let being scared stop you from using great copyrighted work! If it's educational and you're making money off of it, go for it!

  2. That's NOT making money on it!

  3. I wish there was an easy answer to this. The murkiness of copyright and fair use makes me scared to use anything that's not mine. I fear the FBI or police coming into my classroom, guns blazing and arresting me in front of the kids. Don't laugh, I've really had this nightmare!

  4. Me too, Andrea! Like a scene right out of a movie!

  5. After watching this weeks videos I was having similar visions, Catherine! I got into a conversation with our Assistant Principal on Copyright and Fair Use and he said as well, he would have no idea what would be considered "fare use"in a lot of cases. I agree with Brian in using common sense and your best judgement when it comes to materials that will enhance our lessons.


  6. Catherine Yoho,

    Copyrighting is extremely daunting I have to agree. I understand both sides of the argument and why it is such a passionate debate. I think the advent of the internet as really caused it to be one of the biggest debates when it come to having information so widely available. Personally, I think the laws need to be adjusted to catch up with what going on with the internet.


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