While lots of reference exists online for technology tools, including those Google produces, sometimes we need ones specific for teachers. Richard Byrne of Free Technology for Teachers (freetech4teachers.com) recognizes this and produced Google Drive and Docs for Teachers, a pdf document for you:
Yeah, things truly appear out of touch of reality with a headline like that. Unfortunately, the headline does reside in reality. It seems the comparable agency to the RIAA/MPAA for music royalties in Belgium, SABAM, decided to try and ban local libraries from enlisting volunteers to read books to kids. Yes, people reading books to kids in the libraries. Let me say that one more time–people reading books to kids in a library. I wish I could make these things up. So apparently SABAM wants to charge libraries about 250 euros a year to allow this.
This definitely scares me, but then I hope this will bring a lot of attention to Copyright. We already suffered through the whole SOPA debacle and that showed our US Congress that we will not go silently. If this type of thing would happen in the US, I think things would escalate quite quickly again. Here in Raleigh, we have a GREAT library system. My girls benefited from many, many visits to story time. It’s a rite of passage for kids. Really, they want libraries to pay for the right to allow volunteers to read? Very sad. How long then until they target school libraries and classrooms? Some of my fondest memories post classroom are of times I was invited back into classrooms to read. Dr. Seuss, The Polar Express, and so much more. So school pay to allow that right? Yeah, people, be prepared. If they can squeeze even a few dollars out, their greed knows no limit.
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Chalk this up to ‘I called it.’ It seems the Wall Street Journal is reporting that the Department of Justice will soon sue Apple and major publishers for colluding to raise eBook prices. Apple? Price fixing? Boy, I would never guess that. Ok, sarcasm over. Seriously, are we just beginning to truly look at all Apple’s serious issues. Monopolistic behavior with all their products has been around forever. What about their policies withing iTunes? And the iPhone control? Come on DOJ–start with eBooks but get in there and really root around, it’s time!
Why do those in charge of the laws of Copyright and intellectual property and patents continue to get things so wrong? Everything is a remix, as the video states. Look at Disney. Which popular Disney flick actually came from their own ideas? Not any of the princess series, that’s for sure. But look at how closely they guard that now. I hope we continue to see this content created to share Creative Commons and common sense laws for Copyright.
A good infographic that can be used in schools…