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Copyright Problem

Copyright is a topic that may seem far away from the topic Interactive Technology for Learning and Performance.  Anything could be farther than the truth.  Every aspect of Interactive Technology is subject to copyright laws.  From the images we use for our websites to the CSS codes behind those websites, there is always a worry of copyright infringement.  It’s not just the programmer who may be subject to copyright infringement; it’s the end users as well.  A programmer never knows when someone is borrowing their code.  It is an issue with Interactive Technologies, one that shouldn’t be ignored.

In this paper I wrote for EDIT 272, five scenarios of potential copyright infringement are examined.  The first scenario involves borrowing a copy of software.  In the second scenario, a teacher downloads images from the internet.  The third scenario has a master’s candidate downloading and modifying someone else’s code.  The fourth scenario involves a software company employing giving out obsolete versions of software to a teacher.  Finally, the fifth scenario has an employee downloading images from a company camera.  Each of these scenarios show the confusion about digital content and it’s potential uses, and discusses whether or not the scenario is a violation of copyright law.  In addition to the scenarios, “fair use” is discussed in terms of educational use, and the problems with relying on it are examined. 

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