• Educating young web users about copyright

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Jane Hornibrook

Tuesday 17 March 2009 6:11:41 pm

Educating young web users about copyright

It seems that education about copyright and digital technology is becoming ever more crucial. CC can lend its efforts toward this. Any thoughts?

Danyl Strype

Sunday 16 August 2009 6:57:29 pm

What it is, and what is ought to be

Kia ora koutou ko Jane

There are two things for people (and not just young people) to be educated about here:

1) What copyright currently IS - it's history as a legal concept and what the law currently allows and disallows

2) What copyright OUGHT to be - how a legal concept which created to deal with the emerging technology of the printing press can be fairly adapted to the emerging technologies of the internet (www, peer-to-peer etc)

The first is a fairly simple matter - we consult some historical and legal experts to make sure we have the story right, then create some educational materials (texts, slide shows, talks, movies etc) to tell the story. CC has already created some materials along these lines as part of explaining what CC is about:


The second is much more complicated, because different interest groups have some fairly divergent views on what copyright should cover, and what penalties should be applied to people who violate it. Certain corporations who have grown immensely wealthy using distributing creative work would like to see copyright extended to cover more things, to last longer, and for people to be banned from the internet for copying things without their permission. The free culture movement, of which CC is a part, envisions new economic models which do not demand draconian penalties for what amounts to sharing information.

Even within the free culture movement however, there are differences of opinion. Whereas CC works as a legal plug-in to the existing copyright law, the more idealistic groups like the Libre Society would like to be rid of copyright altogether. In some ways there is a parallel between the Open Source attitude that some software should be free as in speech, and the Free Software attitude that ALL software should be free (although to avoid confusion I should point out that the GNU GPL license that covers most Free Software is also a plug-in to existing copyright law).

I can see a lot of value in a project to research the range of views that exist on the future of copyright, document them, and present them as neutrally as possible so people can make up their own mind.



Jane Hornibrook

Tuesday 08 September 2009 5:47:21 pm

Education about copyright

Thanks Danyl,

In regards to educational resources about creative commons licences, there are some great initiatives to follow in Australia.

In particular, the CC Infopack, "a series of materials is designed to provide simple information for teachers and student on what CC is, how to find CC material and the best way to attribute CC material" put out by CC Australia is worth a look. http://creativecommons.org.au/infopacks/education (redirects to: http://creativecommons.org.au/weblog/entry/214)

I also like this article by Tama Leaver on CC and teaching with multimedia. http://www.tamaleaver.net/2009/09/07/the-creative-commons-an-overview-for-educators/

- Jane

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Wednesday 05 October 2011 11:23:04 pm

Children Education

Children at the elementary grade levels have access at school and at home to the Internet for gaming, chatting in rooms or using instant messaging, in addition to traditional education use. Approximately 48 percent of children under the age of seven interact with others on the Internet, according to a 2008 Rochester Institute report. Protecting young Internet users requires educating both children and guardians on the possible risks and using available safety options.