Meanwhile for copyright owners, such as publishers, record companies and the film industry, digital technology, especially the internet has been a huge source of concern, as it becomes is increasingly easy for their content to be copied and shared with large numbers of people. Many business models have had to be reconceived and there are increasing attempts by media corporations to prevent illegal copying of their content using Technical Protection Measures (TPM). I will argue that whether we like it or not, copyright and licenses impact on all of our daily lives.
I want to consider where copyright laws come from and what copyright is, in addition to what its designed to protect. For me, a greater understanding of copyright is empowering for copyright users. Rather than restricting how we use technology for learning, a greater understanding of copyright, including both the privileges it confers on the copyright owner and the freedoms on the user, will help educators. Copyright is about ethics and a respect for others ideas, and a fundamental part of information and digital literacy. It is vital that the world of education embed these literacies into our pedagogies of the future. We don’t need young people growing up who are expert at reproducing other people’s work, we want critical thinkers who are creative and innovative and can find solutions to problems in the world. I will argue that an understanding of copyright, helps all of us approach education in a new enlightened way and suggest some approaches might help ensure knowledge and learning is available to be used in education, not locked up behind paywalls.
Dr Jane Secker is the Copyright and Digital Literacy Advisor at LSE where she provides advice and support for staff and students. She is Chair of the CILIP Information Literacy Group and the author of several books, including Copyright and E-learning a guide for Practitioners, the second edition which is due for publication in June 2016, co-authored with Chris Morrison. Her research interests include digital and information literacy, copyright education and the role of technologies in supporting learning. She is a Honorary Fellow of CILIP, a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and co-founder of the Librarians’ Information Literacy Annual Conference (LILAC). She devised A New Curriculum for Information Literacy (ANCIL) with Emma Coonan which is framework for supporting learning in higher education and has written and spoken widely on her research. You can find Jane on Twitter as .