Based on the articles that I recently read about Copyright and Fair Use Laws, here are a few things I knew and a few things that I did not know.
Things I knew:
-That chapters from books can be copied, but whole books cannot.
-That you can use up to 10% of a work (book, media, music, etc) without it being a copyright infringement.
Things I didn’t know:
-That copyright law and trademark law are not necessarily the same thing.
-That federal government employees cannot copyright work that is part of an official responsibility CANNOT copyright their work, but federal government contractors can. That seems a bit unfair to me?
The TEACH Act is pretty interesting as well. To be honest, I have never considered the implications of copyright law in reference to online/distance learning, perhaps because I haven’t had much experience with online/distance learning. After reading about it more carefully, I think it stands to reason that instructors of online courses should have the same access to materials that instructors in the classroom have. I am curious about one particular provision,”This last exclusion results from the definition of “mediated instructional activities,” a key concept within the expanded Section 110(2) meant to limit it to the kinds of materials an instructor would actually incorporate into a class-time lecture.” With such a focus on differentiating traditional instruction, how do they classify what a teacher would or would not incorporate into a lecture?