Before the winter break my digital literacy learned about copyright laws. We mostly learned about Creative Commons and the licenses that they offer. I made an Adobe Voice explaining the how to use and get a Creative Commons license. Then when we came back from the break my teacher told us about a real life example where copyright laws were broken.
Richard Byrne wrote an posted an article he wrote on his blog on January 2 about how to make a jeopardy game using Google Spreadsheets. Byrne is a full-time blogger and runs a very popular blog, Free Technology for Teachers. Byrne puts a lot of hard work into his blog posts.
Beth Still wrote about the incident where the blog, Educational Technology and Mobile Learning, stole Richard Byrne’s blog post. The blog Educational Technology and Mobile Learning has the disclaimer saying that, “Some of the materials that are published in this blog are not our own property like for example some guides, posters and infographics. Again, all of these resources are properly referenced so that our readers can trace back their original creators. If you are the owner of a resource featured in this blog and you decide, for a reason or another, that you do not want it to be featured here anymore or you want us to change the link to the credited source or even take it down completely from the site, please report it to us and your request will be met in less than 24 hours”.This is not the case because the site does not give credit, nor will it take down an article they stole if the author requests it.
The twitter user, @medkh9 , knows that some bloggers don’t want him to take their work, but he does it anyway. This is not right and I personally he should be punished.
First of all, I think it is never okay to steal someone else’s work without their permission. That person put their time, and hard work into whatever they created and it is not fair to them to take that without their permission. I also really liked Beth Still’s article on her opinion of the disagreement because I thought her point of view was very interesting and informative. Learning about real-life examples of people being hurt by people not following copyright laws really made me understand why these laws and licenses are so important.