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I agree with Ben, borrowing literature, and not giving the writer credit,
is a good analogy to help students understand why copying visual
communication (and not giving credit) is wrong. Especially since taking
credit for someone elses' written words (or music) is illegal.
>Hello, all of you,
>To sample, to copy, to borrow, to steal it can, all be done with art.
>MaryB asked how to explain this (to copy) to students.
>Leah answered that borrowing is legitimate as long as it supports a
>My students would say that this is a good answer and they would copy, to
>let the images support the concept of getting A's for their work.
>We feel that Leah is right. The problem is however how to explain it and
>I tried with my favorite "visual language" concept.
>In verbal language you are not allowed to use texts from others and say
>"that is mine". You should always let people know that you used text or
>ideas of others. Sometimes you do that by footnotes. Sometimes it is so
>clear that you use others' words (everyone knows that sentence or poem),
>that it is just a reason not to say that you have it from so and so.
>And so on (you are the teacher who can give more examples.)
>Compare that with visual language (which -a great deal of- art is).
>Am I right or wrong?