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Just because Kinkos makes copies for you for educational purposes, still
does not make it legal. As many of you know, Kinkos lost a very big law
suit over copyright issues and is, for very good reason, somewhat careful
in copying things for people. It probably is okay....but then again, maybe
not. If the publisher in the book says that no copies are permitted unless
written permission is granted, I think we should hold to their wishes. I
don't think they put those statements in their materials without thinking
about them....I don't think teachers are exempt as one might want to think.
I think it is always a good idea to contact the publisher, even if you are
a teacher. Permission is usually granted for a small number of pages for a
one time situation for a teacher for use in their classroom. Sometimes
however, they charge a small fee. If you have a fax machine, permission
can be granted rather quickly.
Kinkos, notwithstanding, we need to be respectful of others rights and to
let others know.
As art educators we need to explain to our students about the importance of
copyright. It may be a lost cause, because it is almost impossible to
enforce in this age of computing.
>> I believe it is in violation of copyright laws to xerox any part of
>>" The Annotated Mona Lisa" without written permission of the author or
>>publisher. Check the front of the book. I don't have mine handy but I
>>remember wanting to copy parts myself a few years ago and reading that
>>that was not permissible.
>Things change! It's possible now...at Kinko's....to copy a few pages from a
>book if you fill out a special form saying that you are a teacher and plan
>to use this visual information only in your classroom. I've had a few
>pictures enlarged and colored copied (up to 11x17") when I could not find
>any other resource from which to order these pictures. The quality is not
>the sharpest but close enough for the students to get the idea of the
>artwork...especially when it's enlarged.
>I'm not sure when all this happened...in fact, occasionally I get someone
>at Kinko's who refuses to do just this and I have to ask again for the
>manager... it must have been fairly recently. They will only do a small,
>limited # of pictures at a time. If they say "no", ask for the
>manager/supervisor. I've done this within the past three months. Hope this
>Los Cerros Middle School
>Danville, California 94526
Diane C. Gregory, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Art Education
Department of Art and Design
Southwest Texas State University
San Marcos, Texas 78666
dg09 (university e-mail in San Marcos)
dianegregory (home e-mail in Austin)
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