Copyright laws were never something I knew much about or paid much attention to. From what I knew, copyright laws were in place to protect the original work of artists and authors from being wrongly copied. The video on fair use was refreshing and educational for someone like me who knew little about copyright laws and what they entailed. Doing something for the greater good of society (example of that being teaching) your needs overwrite the owner’s of the material. This is due to the fact that copyright laws are also in place to help “promote the progress of science and arts” (Sandra Day O’Connor).
Larry Lessig’s argument was valid and powerful. It is time we rethink some of these copyright laws and think less about protecting the original work and more about promoting creativity and recreation of work.
Something that caught my attention from this week’s information was the Creative Commons website. I had no idea that something like this existed. It is a go to place for teachers where they can share and find hundreds upon hundreds of different material to use in the classroom. It allows one to ease away from worrying copyright laws by agreeing to a one time terms and conditions contract at the beginning of set up. If I were to have my own classroom, I would use Creative Commons to help with making lesson plans and also to get ideas on how to engage students into the material. Being able to access a huge amount of information in one easy area without having to worry about copyright laws and limitations would save a huge amount of time. You are able to browse and work freely without worry about pirating material or doing something illegal.