An Analysis of Copyright-Related Legal Cases and Decisions: Implications to Designing Internet-Based Learning Activities
AACE Journal Volume 1, Number 11, ISSN 1065-6901 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA
The demand for Internet-based teaching and learning is growing, and the benefits of the great potential that the Internet offers is fundamentally transforming teaching and learning. Alternative teaching meth- ods and delivery systems have become strong trends in education at all levels. Teaching a course through traditional face-to-face means has always presented a certain amount of intellectual property issues, of which most professors are moderately aware. Offering a course by Internet increases the potential for copyright infringement of which most professors have little or no experience in or knowledge about. Planning and developing Internet instruction carries with it the obligation to plan ahead to avoid copyright disputes (Salomon, 1994). How have courts dealt with cases that involved copyright issues that would have implications to Internet-based instruction? What experiences or examples exist upon which professors can base their actions or from which they can draw lessons? These are important ques- tions impacting the ultimate structure and design of courses and programs offered over the Internet. This paper analyzes court cases and decisions, and how these decisions were reached. The purpose of this paper is to inform readers about potential legal problems that might arise from using and dis- tributing instructional materials and designing learning activities for Internet-based instruction. Each section of this paper addresses a different scenario, often accomplished in conjunction with the teaching act, and the case law relevant to copyright violation arising from the activity.
Dagley, D. & Lan, J. (1999). An Analysis of Copyright-Related Legal Cases and Decisions: Implications to Designing Internet-Based Learning Activities. AACE Journal, 1(11), 19-24. Charlottesville, VA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).
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