Thursday, 10 October 2013

A scenario on copyright

This post is in fulfillment of a course I am doing (#OCL4Ed).


A teacher of Science in New Zealand, Michael Faraday wants an "accelerated" group within his mixed ability
Year 9 Science class to justify the continued spend of humankind on space exploration. The whole class is involved in the topic of Space Exploration.

He downloads and makes available the following on the school's intranet::

1. The Global Exploration Map a downloadable PDF from the International Space Exploration Coordination Group (ISECG)

2. A downloadable PDF "Benefits Stemming from Space Exploration" also by the ISECG but obtained from the NASA website.

Neither of these two items has any indication of asserted copyright.

Whilst in his classroom he makes available his personal copy, on DVD,  of

3. "Apollo 13" a movie starring Tom Hanks. The students are not allowed to take it home but may watch on a laptop during class time.

The student's brief is to produce a seminar/presentation to the rest of the class about the dangers of space exploration and why they are worth it [or not].

Q1 With regard to the two downloadable resources Michael may assume:
  1. That freedom to store on the school's server is implied by the PDF's free availability on the internet.
    1. Distractor.  Probably Michael will get away with this, especially since he wants it for science education,  but...
  1. That copyright is not permitted
    1. Correct. Strictly speaking Michael should get approval from the publishers.

Q2. With regard to the video Michael may assume:
  1. That since tis is a "private viewing" of a DVD he has purchased that there in no copyright infringement.
    1. Correct

  1. That he is showing the video as part of his job and therefore it is subject to the provisions for a public broadcast.
    1. Distractor. The video showing is not generating income.

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