It’s very easy to get excited by free Web 2.0 tools – and my head is hung in shame!
You may have noticed that I’ve removed ‘In at the Deep End’ from Issuu. This is because I’d assumed we had permission to publish it externally – but not so! In the spirit of learning through mistakes – please REMEMBER TO CHECK COPYRIGHT AND IPR LICENSES BEFORE YOU PUBLISH – IF IN DOUBT, DON’T DO IT!
It’s very easy these days to publish, download, modify and embed content from the web, and, with the increasing use of open educational resources, it is imperative that people understand that it is not a free-for-all. Now I’m not going to pretend that I’m an expert in copyright and IPR – it’s a very complicated area. (Please see the TEL website for further guidance, especially when creating your own resources; you might also want to check your contract of employment to see what rights your employer holds over content you produce). However, I do think that, as educators, we really need to help our students and each other, by providing clear information about how our online resources can be used – I shall certainly be adding this sort of information to anything that I create that can be downloaded/ embedded.
This video, ‘Web 2.0, IPR and You’ is by the JISC Web2Rights Project – you will find detailed information and advice about these issues on their site including an IPR & Legal Issues Toolkit that you can download.