Copyright or Copywrong

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The more I read about copyright, citation, attribution, and the struggle to what is legally correct and an acceptable loophole, the more I find myself in a fog.  There seems to be great latitude under the “fair use” phrase especially when using material for an educational purpose.  I take great solace in Doug Johnson’s compilation of copyright posts.  He seems to be guided by a common sense theme, often missing from other discussions.  The idea that as long as it is non-commercial, for an educational use, and attribution given one is most likely safe appeals to me.  I have never heard of any school or child being given a take down order or taken to court.

Perhaps by encouraging students and teachers to license their images and other materials via Creative Commons each group will have a better feel for the ownership issue.  Putting the shoe on the other foot so to speak.

Speaking of Creative Commons, the people at Common Craft have really got a knack of explaining things in a simple, concise way.  Their video “Creative Commons Explained” is a perfect example of this.  Years ago, I remember seeing one on wikis.  I am going to look it up.  Makes me wish I could draw.

Now for a confession.  I did not read much of the Curator’s Code.  I got to this paragraph,

“While we have systems in place for literary citation, image attribution, and scientific reference, we don’t yet have a system that codifies the attribution of discovery in curation as a currency of the information economy, a system that treats discovery as the creative labor that it is.”

and felt my eyes glaze over and my mind drift away to what I might have for dessert later.  I sent the quote to friends teaching in Scotland.  They have dubbed this an example of “Jargon as Another Language”.  It was suggested we had been JALfered.  I do understand the need for uniformity.  I am after all a librarian who owns a copy of Sears Library Headings and a copy of Dewey Decimal Classification.  I just want the argument to be in plain English.