What is that citation doing?

Saying “this is not my work!” Saying “this is the work of [named person or entity]!” Showing where the author found information or an idea. Showing other people where to find that information or idea, too. Showing that someone, anyone, other than the author has previously stated this piece of information or articulated this idea. […]

Contracts & Copyright

This post is spurred by a number of conversations I’ve had recently with close friends and more distant acquaintances, about use and/or publication of archival materials, and materials from subscription databases. Rick Anderson’s thoughtful “Asserting Rights We Don’t Have” post, which was published in the midst of these discussions, was…

Copyright Decisionmaking Flowchart – Some Critical Reflections

Yesterday, a new infographic on copyright decisionmaking for teachers started making the rounds in my social media spheres. It originates from http://langwitches.org/blog/2014/06/10/copyright-flowchart-can-i-use-it-yes-no-if-this-then/ Because several people asked my opinion of it, and because several other people responded with concern equal to mine when I shared it, I thought it’d be worthwhile…

How To Tell Who “Created” An Image

Couple weeks ago, I saw a fun little flowchart/joke/cultural critique on Jezebel: “How to Tell If A Toy Is For Boys Or Girls: A Guide”. (Image credits are intentionally withheld in the beginning of this post.) Bunch of folks were linking it on Facebook/Twitter/etc. Both the Jezebel post and the…

Copyright in Your Personal Life

This post is based on a talk I gave/conversation I had today at the “Enhancing Quality Staff” symposium. I love this symposium, because I get to wander away from academic copyright issues, and there’s always a ton of cool people who want to wander with me! This time, the session…

On releasing an image to the wilds…

(There are no image credits on this post because (much to my slight embarrassment) I made all of these. The eggs are all Creative Commons licensed over on Flickr; click any picture to go there.)I have a long history of making slightly geeky easter eggs for friends and family. I…

On plagiarism and the public research university

Heller Hall BY-NC jadammel/Joe D. (photo taken at the U of M)Recently, a blogger copied from a University-produced blog at significant length without credit or a link back to the original site – behavior that understandably produced pretty negative feelings from the staff members whose work was being reproduced without…

Good Copyright and Creative Commons Practices – Presentation Slides

I’m calling this “Good Practices” rather than “Best Practices”, because hey, there might be better ones!Images punch up presentation slides, it’s true. In fact, some of the most effective presentations I’ve ever seen have relied heavily or even exclusively on image-based slides. However, I very often see images used something…

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