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COPYRIGHT (from ICT-PD Newsletter 4 2009 )
Teachers are magpies creatively swiping and adapting the ideas of others. However it is essential that individuals and clusters are mindful of the law and appropriate practice in these areas.
Gwen Gawith's explanation for schools on copyright and adaptation of others’ work is very useful. - http://infolit.unitecnology.ac.nz/readings/property1.html

Adaptation: Any adaptation of any work must be authorised by the rights holder. The rights holder has an exclusive right to the adaptation of her/ his work. You can’t just adapt models, diagrams or illustrations with no reference to the owner of the intellectual property. Teachers often think that because they’ve changed it, it’s theirs. It’s not! Contact the owner of the i.p. and ask for permission. Then you can put "Adapted with permission from (source)".
A simple way for schools and teachers to avoid trouble is to regard themselves as e-publishers, bound by all the legal and ethical considerations that bind any publisher.
Example: A teacher goes to a seminar and finds it useful. She wants to share the info with her colleagues. She adapts the author’s model, scans the handout and uploads it onto the school website. Looked at from a sharing point of view, this is a nice gesture. Looked at from a publishing perspective, she needs a good copyright lawyer! The owner of the intellectual property is likely to be the author/ presenter of the seminar, and just because the teacher paid to attend and was given a handout, the intellectual property does NOT belong to her! You can own a book, but you don’t own the copyright to that book. Even making multiple copies of the handout is illegal without that i.p. owner’s permission. Re-publication on a website, even if only for ‘domestic consumption’ breaches copyright. Adapting the model without the author’s permission is also an infringement.
Solution: Schools and teachers are probably best advised to err on the side of caution and seek permission to copy and re-publish all not-original material on their websites and in their multimedia presentations - even illustrative material unless it is free clip art. As a rule of thumb, the copyright owner will need to authorise the display or availability of original material on the internet. Anything less can amount to copyright piracy - with the remedies for the owner including damages, penalties and reimbursement ... (Beaumont and Cronin, 2001)
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