This is an e-activity for the OCL4Ed course. I have to describe a study case related to Copyright issues and create two multiple choice questions about it and the correspondent feedback.
A chemistry teacher is asked to create a Lab Manual Resource which will be posted into a course in the School LMS. Students will be able to download the manual and print it at home. To create the manual, the teacher receives from his head of department a pen-drive with a text document and a set of digital pictures taken by a former teacher at home when she was already retired. The former teacher sent by email the content of the pen-drive to the editor of the School Magazine as part of an article to be published. Moreover, the chemistry teacher is allowed to take new pictures of the school lab ware if needed. The teacher is invited to embed some video to the lab manual to best describe some procedures. He searches and finds an interesting video in Youtube. He also recognizes the author and decides to browse the author’s personal blog where he finds the same video under a creative commons license CC BY-SA 3.0.
A) Could the former teacher claim for the copyright of the digital pictures if they are include in the Lab Manual?
- a) Yes. If she took the pictures at home when she already was retired she owns their copyright
- b) No because she’s a former employee of the School.
- INCORRECT: When she took the pictures at home she was retired so there were not a labour contract
- c) No. She can’t claim for the copyright because she sent the pictures as part of an article to be published at the School magazine.
- INCORRECT: Unless some kind of transfer of rights agreement had occurred between them, the submission of pictures attached to an article doesn’t remove the copyright from the original author
B) If the chemistry teacher takes new photos to the lab ware at the School, is he free to decide which kind of creative commons license should they have?
- a) Yes. If he takes the pictures he will own their copyright
- INCORRECT: He’s working for the institution so only the School is able to decide the kind of license which should apply.
- b) No, unless he had taken the pictures using his own camera
- INCORRECT: No matter if he uses his own camera because he’s taking photos at the school lab ware and he’s working for the School.
- c) No, never. Although he had taken the pictures he is not the copyright owner
- CORRECT: He’s not the copyright owner because he’s taking pictures to the school lab ware and he’s currently working for the school
- d) Pictures are never submitted to copyright rules
- INCORRECT: Pictures are also submitted to copyright rules
C) What’s the best and faster option to add the video as a multimedia resource to the Lab Manual and upload it to the School LMS?
- a) Download the video from Youtube and upload it to the LMS as a multimedia resource
- INCORRECT: Probably nothing wrong could happen if it’s true that the author has the same video downloadable under CC BY-SA 3.0 license, but remember that Youtube doesn’t provide links to download and you’re not allowed to store their videos locally.
- b) Ask for copyright permission to Youtube in order to download and insert the video as resource
- INCORRECT: Youtube can’t transfer the copyright of the video because it belongs to the author
- c) Ask for copyright permission to the author in order to use his video
- PARTIALLY CORRECT: You can always ask for permission but in this particular case the author already selected a non-restrictive license (CC BY-SA 3.0) for the video already visible in his own blog.
- d) Download the video from the author’s blog and upload it to the LMS as a multimedia resource
- CORRECT: This is the faster way to proceed because the author already selected a non-restrictive license (CC BY-SA 3.0) for the video already visible in his own blog. So he can download it without asking for permission
- e) Forget about that video. There’s no way to use it without paying a license.
- INCORRECT: In addition to download the video from the author’s blog there was the option to set up a link from the resource to the Youtube video. There’s nothing wrong in linking to a Youtube video.
Este obra está bajo una licencia de Creative Commons Reconocimiento 4.0 Internacional.