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When did I first become aware of the fact I was essentially stealing others’ work in my image-heavy PowerPoints?  My conscience was trying to tell me something way back in Oswego, IL, USA, at my first teaching job, but I conveniently ignored it.  As we talked about in our last class, I felt safe hiding under the guise of ‘it’s for education, the greater good’.

Since then I’ve been hoping that that defense was good enough.  It’s not that my intentions were bad.  I just didn’t want to bother with all the rules and regulations involved with copyright.  Can I use a 2-page excerpt of this novel?  How many minutes can I show from this movie?  Hence my miserably low score on the copyright pre-assessment.

But I’m feeling more confident in my understanding of Fair Use, Creative Commons, and Copyright and I intend to take full advantage of my rights.  The question is – what do I do with all the work I’ve remixed and borrowed over the past several years that at best credits a long-defunct website?  I suppose like most things I do for the classroom they will get re-worked multiple times over and in that process I’ll find brighter and shinier and newer resources that I can appropriately credit.



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