Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Turnitin.com and copyright

"Students at McLean High School in Fairfax County, Va., and the Tucson Unified School District in Arizona filed a lawsuit in October 2006 arguing that Turnitin.com committed copyright infringement when it stored digital copies of students' essays in its database."

This case has finally been settled. The federal courts have decided that it is not against copyright to use these papers for comparison. The whole story is here.

Very interesting! Especially if you are a school who uses turnitin.com!

Thursday, April 03, 2008

Copyright slider


The District Dispatch recently posted an add to purchase a Copyright slider.


Here is there blurb:


"Copyright laws are complex and can be very confusing! Is a work in the public domain? Do you need permission to use it? When does copyright expire? Find these answers and more at your fingertips with this handy, compact Copyright Slider created by the Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP).


This single, sturdy product provides instant access to copyright laws and guidelines. Simply align the arrows by date of publication and determine a work’s copyright status and term. And the “Permission Needed?” box provides a quick answer to this very important question."


The cost?


OITP Copyright Slider Prices
1 slider - $5
20+ sliders - 10% discount
100+ sliders - 15% discount
200+ sliders - 20% discount


Estimated shipping costs:
1 slider - 41¢
10 sliders - $2.67
25 sliders - $7.50
50 sliders - $13.45


I emailed our BOCES SLS director and asked her to purchase us all one!
 
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