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by Diane Daly on January 16, 2013
There are a number of lessons about United States copyright laws for young people on the internet. Most that I have found assume a tone similar to this excerpt from CopyrightKids.org:
When you create something, aren't you proud of your work when you spend a lot of time and energy creating it? How about that social studies report you finally finished, that poem for your Mom that made her smile, that cool logo you came up with for your soccer team...? Well, all these are your creations and you'd probably be pretty upset if someone just copied any of them without your permission. That's where copyright comes in.
Savvy young users are immersed in mashups, remixes, parodies, and the glory that these can beget their creators. In today's popular information culture, one does not necessarily get "pretty upset", to use the language of CopyrightKids!, when one's work gets reused. One may actually get very, very happy. Of late, our government is steeped in culture change, represented by tools like CopyrightKids! In order to teach kids to understand today's copyright laws - or at least a conservative interpretation of them - these indoctrinating lessons first teach kids to feel differently about information sharing than the majority of them currently feel.
Was that zoom-out impressive? I certainly thought so, which is why I reused it, from a genius animator named Balazs Turai who created it for the Prezi linked here. Is it cheeky to reuse such a large chunk of another creator's work, while setting an example for young people no less? Yes it is. But it's also within my rights. For this I thank the language expressed on the page hosting the original work, the Prezi application's collaborative features, and the wonderful world of Fair Use.
Diane Daly is a doctoral student in the School of Information Resources and Library Science at the University of Arizona.