Re: Re: Distribution of personal study guide

From: David Bozak <dab[_at_]>
Date: Thu, 26 Jan 2006 12:40:01 -0500

Michael Graham wrote:
> This would arguably be a fair use if "educational" and not distributed
> for profit. However, "it's according" too to the nature of the images.
> A better, safer course for the student would be to link to the original
> art he copied.

Agreed. My first response, though, is it is not alright. The student has created his own study guide for personal use. Cool, nothing wrong with that. He wants to distribute it and the college is involved somehow? I don't understand the situation well. If the student wants to give his friends some CDs he burns, why is the school involved?

So what is the fair use situation? I'm having a hard time understanding how a person (student or otherwise - we're ALL students, aren't we? at least in the school of hard knocks) who wants to give someone else a CD (or 30 others?) is educational? How is that different than me giving my neighbor a CD? Is that "educational'?

If the student is involving the school, then I'd expect some care on the school's part. At a minimum I'd just link to originals. No, maybe at a minimum I'd insist (if I were the school) that a full citation to all work NOT original with the student in question be included. Otherwise it is plagiarism, skipping the copyright issue. And the school shouldn't be in any way involved with promoting that.

The student is giving away CDs? to 30 other "interested" students? are they coincidentally the next class to take the course? Is he/she going to do this every semester - I'm sure there is a pool of continually interested students? On the face of it, with the school's involvement, I'd want links to the originals.

I'd find this a great opportunity for this student and other "interested" students to learn about intellectual property and obtaining permissions...


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