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The UK Government Tackles Copyright Education

Mike Weatherley MP’s Forward to his report on Copyright Education and Awareness begins:

Big BenThe UK is an Intellectual Property (IP) rich country: we are an IP exporting economy. Our creative industries, technology businesses and service sectors, plus many others, are all underpinned by intellectual capital. IP even helps pay for the services we all treasure. The importance of creating, respecting and promoting IP for both inward and outward investment could not be greater.

My role over the last year as IP Adviser to the Prime Minister has reinforced my view that tackling IP related infringement is a complex and multi-layered challenge. There is not one answer. I have been clear from the outset that I believe all solutions must be guided by three main principles:

  • Education – winning the ‘hearts and minds’ of consumers about the importance of protecting IP.
  • Carrot – industry must change their models to be attractive to consumers.
  • Stick – when all else fails, enforcement. This includes wider issues about compliance as well, for example what the Internet Service Providers (ISPs), Search Engines, Advertisers and banking sectors can do to assist with compliance.

MP Weatherly reached out to others for support in his efforts to educate Britains about Intellectual Property and Copyright law through the school systems.


Intellectual property underpins our creative industries. It’s what our past success was built on and it’s what our future success depends on. We need to get the message across that if people value creativity – and most do – then it has to be paid for.

‘Education plays a vitally important role in changing people’s behaviour. By communicating the vital importance of copyright, not just to the success of our creative industries but to the many jobs these sectors will create, we hope to bring about behavioural change.

–Rt. Hon Sajid Javid MP,
Secretary of State for Culture, Media, and Sport

Our future creators need to know how to protect their creative output and innovation. Our future economic wellbeing lies with them. Artists, designers, musicians, scientists and engineers all need to understand IP. We can make IP part of the school curriculum, especially in design and technology lessons.

–Baroness Neville-Rolfe DBE CMG,
Minister for Intellectual Property

“In a digital world understanding IP and its importance is absolutely essential for people of all ages and particularly those who have grown up in this new world. Education about these issues is key to that understanding.”

–Kevin Brennan, MP for Cardiff West,
Shadow Minister for Schools

“We need a culture change in how creators’ IP rights are respected. The most effective way we can do this is through imaginative education initiatives which show the direct impact of piracy on artists’ livelihoods and the positive way that upholding their copyright enables them to benefit us all.”

–Lord Tim Clement Jones
Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for
Culture, Media and Sport in the House of Lords

“Intellectual Property is a simple concept with a complicated reputation: we encourage pupils to write stories, paint pictures, take photographs and put on plays, so it is a small step to understand that those creations may have a value to society and can be traded. It’s critical that we help creators understand their rights have real value at the earliest possible stage in life. Government, industry, schools and teachers, need to play their respective parts to the full. We are at risk of losing a generation of people who don’t comprehend their right to benefit from copies of their works, or recognise how valuable this can be for their and society’s future.”

–Crispin Hunt
General Secretary Featured Artist
Coalition, Songwriter, Musician, Producer

As copyright is the lifeblood of publishers, a basic knowledge of copyright law is crucial to working effectively with authors on such issues as transfers of copyright, terms of copyright, terminations and ownership. Learn more in our Pocket Copyright Guide for Publishers authored by Laura N. Gasaway and edited by Iris L. Hanney with a foreword by Tracey Armstrong.

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NISO & The Future of eTextbooks

NISO (National Information Standards Organization) hosted a two-part webinar on Sept. 10 and 17. E-books for Education explored definitions, content, access, and open access (OA) issues affecting the present state and future course of ebooks for education.

NISO “identifies, develops, maintains, and publishes technical standards to manage information in our changing and ever-more digital environment. NISO standards apply both traditional and new technologies to the full range of information-related needs, including retrieval, re-purposing, storage, metadata, and preservation.” It is time, it seems, to apply some technical standards to etextbooks.

Visit this Information Today Newsbreak for Woody Evans report on the webinar.

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More on Reading and Young Americans

Boy ReadingLast month we published information about Pew Research’s Younger Americans’ Reading and Library Habits study. The folks over at BrainTrack have taken the time to break it down further to provide some additional context and ideas.

The State of Young Readers in America

Oh, those punk kids today! With their iPhones and hippity-hop music and My Little G.I. Joe the Explorers! In our day, we read books all the time, every time! But they don’t, and they’re stupid! Stupid, I tells ya!

Except not really.

Look, if this country is headed downhill at the airspeed velocity of an unladen swallow, it isn’t entirely the result of children failing to engage with literature. Could parents and schools do a better job of encouraging them to read? Absolutely. And we’ll get to that. But that doesn’t necessarily chime the death knell for America, either. Especially considering how the literacy rate continues hovering around 99%. That last 1% needs closing, of course. All United States residents deserve opportunities to learn how to read. However, to tout it as indicative that the country suffers from an incoming collapse of stability and morality epitomizes the concept of hyperbole. Truth be told, the reality involves some negative trends that need some addressing, but plenty of driven organizations and individuals devote themselves to overturning them. We can’t dismiss concerns. We also can’t declare them signifiers of an incoming societal apocalypse, either.

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Learning Can Travel an Unlimited Distance

Computer Based LearningWith the population tipping past the 7 billion mark, there is an increasing need for resources that assist with how people learn. Scholars, educators, mentors, and teachers are finding new ways to interact with students, employees, friends and people for the sharing of knowledge and wisdom.

Computer based education is not a new idea. However with so many new discoveries and information content accessible, learning opportunities about for individuals, employee groups and customers around the planet. The old learning paradigm was for each person to go to the location of the instructor – elementary school, high school, university/college, adult education center, corporate training facility. In this environment, teaching and learning was either 1 on 1 or in groups. It was all live information delivery.

Computer based education was a concept originated in the 1960’s at the Urbana campus of the University of Illinois. It was called PLATO. As one of the network participants for DARPA research, a few engineers collaborated on design the PLATO hardware. The software required original thinking and involved individuals with differing backgrounds including several with no computer background.

PLATO was constructed as a timesharing system. This was the forerunner of what we now call the internet. A special-purpose programming language called TUTOR is used to write educational software.

Today, education proliferates throughout a very mobile, very wireless world. Therefore, you should be asking about to take advantage of distance learning and information transfer. Here are a few examples:

  • What subject do you want to learn?
  • What information do you want to share with customers, clients and friends?
  • What training is needed by your work force – full-time, part-time, contractors?
  • How does new information get distributed and learned by everyone connected to you?
  • Can distance learning provide a more cost-effective approach to training and learning?

Distance learning has the unique capability for students to learn at a pace that works for them. The teaching source can be a human speaking live, a prerecorded human, video tutorials, slideshows, audio casts, audio books, webcasts and webinars.

  • A key benefit of distance learning is the ability for each student to
  • Use instant replay to watch something a second, third or fourth time when needed
  • Access links to supplemental information such as images, maps, definitions, more detail
  • Teaching materials will be the same throughout the enterprise

There is a lot to consider when you seek to teach people in your organization or community. Learning capacity is embedded within every laptop, tablet and smartphone. Mobile connections enable the knowledge transfer to be extremely effective.


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