Playing with Technology

Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic. ~Arthur C. Clarke

Back on the copyright kick

Well, it seems like I am the copyright czar at this place. It is a self-appointed position but the void must be filled. Thus you read another post relating to copyright. I promise that the next post will not be about copyright.

Our topic today is deep-linking. A Texas 5th Circuit Court judge ruled in December that was violating copyright by linking directly to audiocasts of motorcycle racing rather than linking to the main page of the SFX Motor Sports site. The Judge said this practice did not constitute a “fair use” of the material. Does this mean anything for professors who link to images and stories on the New York Times’ site? Should I be telling them not to do this in their Moodle courses? I’m not sure. What do you think? Is an instructor doing this “fair use”?

The full article is here.