How the Digital Millennium Copyright Act Impacts Teachers

This article begs the question, once again: Should the public expect leniency from copyright holders? Or should the public, including educators, have a greater understanding of copyright laws in order to make sure they are using copyrighted works fairly?

In the case outlined in the link below, TechDirt shames Pearson, a Textbook Publisher, for forcing web hosts to take down teacher and student blogs that published a survey, the Beck Hopelessness Scale (BHS), which is sold by Pearson as a product.

What do you think? Should Pearson have the right to force a takedown of this copyrighted material? If the copyrighted survey is being used for educational purposes, does that give teachers and students the right to use it and publish it in the public web sphere?

Should Pearson treat teachers and students with more respect than this, even if they are violating copyright under the DMCA?

Does publishing the BHS on student and teacher blogs impact Pearson’s potential market?

Read the article below and let us know what you think.

http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20121013/18332220701/textbook-publisher-pearson-takes-down-15-million-teacher-student-blogs-with-single-dmca-notice.shtml

About npiasecki

Instructor of Composition and Rhetoric at the University of Colorado Denver, specializing in 21st century skills, research, and creative nonfiction. Director of the Denver Writing Project, a local site of the National Writing Project's professional network for K through College educators.
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