Cancel Culpability

You are guilty.

Well, if you’re a Canadian teacher, and display audiovisual items in class, you’re probably guilty. Here’s why:

Consider copyrights and audiovisual works. Now contemplate sites such as Netflix and iTunes. Any site that requires a password, represents a “digital lock”. If this “digital lock” is opened, then it constitutes a violation of service, and if teachers can be faulted for violation, then divisions can be issued a bill for public presentation fees. This fact was presented in one of my university classes, by our guest speaker, John Finch, from Manitoba Education and Advanced Learning. John Finch is very pragmatic about explaining copyright, and also stresses professionalism and diligence in teachers’ use of social media.

So, I interpreted the proper legal discourse as thus: if a teacher finds a video on YouTube with educational value, and adds it to their personal Youtube playlist, they can not log-in at school to access the video for display.

However, the teacher should open Youtube, not access their channel, then search for the material, in order to access and play for class use.

We’re not done yet. If the material is copyright protected, then according to the 3rd Edition of “Copyright Matters!”, by Wanda Noel and Jordan Snel, items posted to Youtube are audiovisual, and therefore only 10 per cent should be shown.

Now you know.


2 thoughts on “Cancel Culpability

  1. I’m sure I can speak for everyone in the class when I say this way a wake up call, a frustrating one at that. With all the technology around us, it’s unfortunate to have such strict limits in a classroom. As much as we have to follow the rules and regulations of Copyright, I hope there are ways where we (teachers) can still use technology in an effective way that is beneficial to our students. All in the name of education!

  2. Yep that was a wake up call! As understandable as the copyrights are, it seems there should be some lenience for education purposes. There are so many great documentaries on Netflix and turning on the radio during a work period seems natural. Turns out we have some copyright studying to do.

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