Unit 5: Copyright and the Web
Church domes in Almaty (aka Alma Ata), Kazakhstan. Photo credit C. T. Evans.
For a historian working on the web, there may be no more important issue than copyright. What can you publish? What can you use? How can you use an item? Who owns the copyright to a particular item? What is Fair Use? How do you copyright your own work?
must do in this unit
- Read Rosenzweig's textbook (chapter 7: Owning the Past?).
- Read this week's note on copyright issues, which continue to plague the development of web content. 1923 is a key year to remember.
- Consider watching the video, Copyright Criminals, but, above all, watch this, A Fair(y) Use Tale.
- Watch the video for this unit of the course on ItunesU for NVCC (look for HIS 295) or on YouTube.
- Have a look at
- Let's look at some of our local museums and see what sort of copyright statements, if they have any, that they use for their materials.
- Post on your blog (10 points): (a) explain your understanding of some of the major points of copyright considerations when it comes to digital projects. (b) Comment on what you found after looking at the local museums (suggest other museums to add to the list)
Extra credit options
- Please suggest any materials relevant to this unit of the course.
Unit learning objectives
- Upon successful completion of this unit, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge of copyright and intellectual property issues as related to historical materials.
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