Intellectual property - teacher created content

Copyright and intellectual property for education

Introduction: More and more teachers are creating their own material online for their students and themselves. but what happens to that material when they move on? Gwen Gawith wrote in her article, Wading through the intellectual property blogon how the copyright laws and intellectual property issue effect teachers. "If you write/ develop something while you are employed by one school and then you move to another school, who owns the copyright to your work and can you take it with you? (Probably not if you generated it as part of your work, but you need to have sought legal advice and determined the copyright status with your employer in advance, for example, as a contractual arrangement. Even if the school owns the copyright, and unless a waiver has been signed, the author still has certain moral rights, for example, to be identified as the author, and to object to changes made to work if it can be demonstrated that these would damage their reputation.)"

Intellectual property - a definition

“Intellectual property (IP) is a term referring to a number of distinct types of creations of the mind for which property rights are recognised--and the corresponding fields of law. Under intellectual property law, owners are granted certain exclusive rights to a variety of intangible assets, such as musical, literary, and artistic works; discoveries and inventions; and words, phrases, symbols, and designs.”
Source – Wikipedia/ Intellectual property

Suggestion: Read the following article, Intellectual property and ICT from Educational leaders by Gubb and Partners 2003 and leave a comment in the website itself. Note: you will need to be registered in the site itself to leave a comment.

What rights do teachers have as users, modifiers and authors of material?
How can we show respect for other people's work?

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Ownership of teacher material tessagray tessagray 0 118 Jul 25, 2010 by tessagray tessagray

Additional resources to consider:

Stop Piracy with Edification
Intellectual Property Education in School

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