Copyright laws are something you, as a teacher, are probably familiar with. But, what about your students? Students who are consumed by digital media and Internet sharing need to be aware of the laws surrounding the material they copy. You can help your students understand copyright by talking about it anytime they might need to copy information, and by setting a good example yourself. In this post I will help to bring you up to speed on recent changes to copyright laws so that you and your students can become one with copyright.
Development of copyright laws has historically depended on information of the analog world, where print was usually the only means for sharing knowledge. Copying print materials can be difficult, time consuming and expensive. Usually it results in decreased quality from the original work. During these times it was difficult to copy others work. Someone would probably notice you trying to photocopy an entire book. So it made sense to buy the original copy.