Confused about copyright? Tweet your questions Jan. 7th

ALA WO copyright law education tweetchatFrom the ALA Washington Office District Dispatch blog:

Can you legally photocopy pages from that textbook? Can students legally remix music for school assignments? What does fair use mean, and how can it be applied in the school library or classroom? If you are a school librarian or educator who is confused by copyright law, you’re not alone. School principals, superintendents, educators and librarians have specific questions about copyright law but often find themselves without guidance on the subject.

On January 7, 2014, from 6:00-7:00p.m. EST, school leaders will have the opportunity to have their questions answered during an interactive tweetchat with copyright expert and bestselling author Carrie Russell. Participants can submit questions and take part in the free tweetchat by using the #k12copylaw hashtag.

As part of the tweetchat, Russell will offer clear guidance on the ways that principals, superintendents, teachers and librarians can legally provide materials to students. Additionally, Russell will discuss scenarios often encountered by educators in schools, such as using digital works in the classroom and students’ use of information found on the web. Russell is also the director of the American Library Association’s Program on Public Access to Information.

Tweetchat participants will learn about:

  • Fair use
  • Copyright law in the digital age
  • Copyright exploitation in schools (i.e., incidents when copyright industry groups exploit school staff under the guise of copyright law compliance)

Russell is the author of Complete Copyright for K—12 Librarians and Educators, a book that teaches educators how to fully exercise rights such as fair use while making decisions that are both lawful and best serve the learning community. To receive a 10% discount on Complete Copyright (20% for ALA members), use the coupon code CC2014 before January 15, 2014.

In addition to being the director of the American Library Association’s Program on Public Access to Information, Russell speaks frequently at state, regional, and national library conferences about the intricacies of copyright law.

The interactive social media event will be hosted jointly by AASA: The School Superintendents Association, the American Library Association, the National Association of Elementary School Principals and the National Association of Secondary School Principals.

Participate in the free tweetchat by using #k12copylaw on January 7, 2014, from 6:00-7:00p.m. EST.