"...I found the Good Copy / Bad Copy video to be very fascinating. I think the Nigerian filmmaker summed up how copyright laws are to be followed succinctly:
“If you don’t have permission, you can’t use it.”
I learned that it is all about getting permission, not about money at all. I often wonder about showing movies at school. I have seen schools who host family movie nights. They rent a DVD, and project it in the gym for families to watch together. I am hesitant to participate; are they breaking copyright laws by showing the video in a large gathering like that, with over 100 people viewing? Most teachers reply it is OK because they are not charging for it. I question if they have permission.
I think that makes so much sense. I am not opposed to sharing lessons I have created with others, in fact I believe collaboration is the most crucial tool for teachers today. However, I do want to be recognized for the work I have done in creating these lessons. A site like TeachersPayTeachers.com allows for teachers to share lessons, be recognized as the creator, and make money for the intellectual work provided."
I couldn't agree with you more, Cindi! Our school shows AP Films every couple of weeks and I always think the same thing. I thought there was a limit to the number of people who could view a video at the same time or it violated copyright. I have used other teacher's work before, found while scouring the internet, but I always try to include their name on the work somewhere. Or, if I change it up to suit my class, I give them credit for the original. I didn't think that was such a big deal when I first started teaching. Then I went to a county-wide science teachers meeting once, and a former co-worker was there passing off one of my worksheets as her own. After that, I put my name on all of my work!