Stephanie Thompson

MEDT 7490
Discussion on Copyright

Three things I learned:

1. Something is copyrighted from the moment it is written or captured by camera. I honestly did
not know that an individual does not have to apply for something to be copywritten.
2. If you use someone else’s work, attribution does not have to be given.
3. Teachers, like myself, are still confused about fair use guidelines specifically when it comes to
using unlicensed videos in the classroom.

Why is copyright important?

Copyright is important because it provides the owners or creatures of products ownership to their work
by giving them credit where it’s due. With copyright, those creators have control on what outlets their
products are released on. They can also determine if or how they choose to sell those products for their
own profit and benefit. All in all, it provides guidelines for users on how to access and share material
that is not our own in a fair and acceptable manner.

How can you protect your original work and the work of others?

I can protect my original work and the work of others in a couple of different ways. To protect the work
of others, I can ensure that I ask for permission prior to using copywritten material, even though Hobbs,
Jaszi, and Aufderheide (2007) state that asking for permission does not always yield a positive result as
most requests are usually denied as I imagine they would have been denied if Richard Prince had asked
for permission first with the use of the Suicide Girls images. I could also ensure I am only using content
from Creative Commons. If it is that important, it would be wise to register with the US Copyright
Office to protect my original work. Another way to protect images (and even documents) are to use a
watermark.

Hobbs, R., Jaszi, P., & Aufderheide, P. (2007). The Cost of Copyright Confusion for Media Literacy. Online
Submission.