Monday, October 20, 2008

pictures and copyrights

What about cutting and pasting pictures from the internet? This weekend my son (a 6th grader) had a homework assignment where he had to find pictures and paste them on a science worksheet about the food chain. My first thought was does he need magazines to cut up (am I dating myself). When we would cut up magazines and use the pictures, we weren't thinking of copyrights. Anyways what about the copyrights of pictures off the internet that kids use for school assignments? My son used small images of the pictures. Would a cut and paste type of project be ok (thinking back to what we did with cutting up magazines but now it is pictures from the internet)? If it was a picture used for a report then maybe the students should be sure the copyright information is listed with the picture. Also are the rules different from what students could do at home and what the teachers could allow the students to do at school? In other words maybe teachers couldn't provide the students with pictures from the internet to cut up or allow them to find pictures on the internet at school but the students could find the pictures on the internet at home, cut them up, and bring in the completed assignment. What do you think?

2 comments:

Alicia said...

It seems like that type of assignment would qualify for "fair use" of images. I would think the issue would become one of plagiarism for not giving source credit rather than one of copyright violation. I'm not sure that a proper use of citations is appropriate of a 6th grade curriculum though.

Barb said...

Wow, good article discussion. And good question. I think as long as credit was given it would be okay to use the pictures, but I know that my kids at school often take images from the web and paste them onto reports. I never thought of calling them on it. I really never even considered it. But I guess we need to start teaching this from early on since the web isn't going to go away...