How do we teach copyright in Asia, in countries where the international copyright law is not followed to begin with? What is our obligation as educators?
It’s important to give credit where credit is due. I see our obligation on this topic as educators very simple: lead by example, follow the law (or the spirit of the law, at least), and teach our students (and colleagues!) how and why to follow copyright law.
However, teaching copyright seems to be tricky. It’s pretty complicated to understand what the actual law is and how it applies in particular cases and I say just do the best that you can. In international schools, there is an additional layer of complexity especially in countries where copyright is not followed and where noncompliance is not a problem. In those cases, my gut response is to follow and teach the copyright laws in the country that accredits the school. If the school in not accredited, then follow and teach the laws of the country’s curriculum. If it doesn’t have a curriculum in place, just pick a country with respectable copyright laws and follow and teach that. Or at the very least, teach students that copyright is basically giving credit where credit is due. Have a way you feel comfortable with and then teach your students how to give credit when they use someone else’s whatever. Am I wrong in thinking that although its tricky, it’s not rocket science? For example, when Jeff explained the expectations for crediting photos in our program, he also explained that there isn’t one universal standard way to give credit to someone’s something on the internet. He has a way that works for him and, that respects the spirit of the law and that is was he expects us to do. It’s super simple and – to me, at least – that works.
Here are some potentially useful links I found for teaching copyright. I haven’t studied them in depth but I think, at the very least, they would be good jumping off points or idea generators:
YouTube’s Copyright school
Electronic Frontier Foundation’s Teaching Copyright
On a side note/tangent, I think Creative Commons is a bit weird. I had heard of it before but never explored what it was. Now that I know a bit more – and I don’t claim that I know or understand everything about CC but I still can’t see how it covers anything that it is not covered by current copyright laws other than it does seem easier to understand and contact content owners. I’m also bit surprised to know that it’s just a non-profit – not some governmental organization that actually has any sway over anything. I know I’m not really explaining myself very coherently but does anyone else think it’s weird?