So today I want to focus on the rights of students to protect their work, whether or not they register for copyright. Ball State has a brief video clip informing students of their protections which can be accessed at
What do you think of the video? I find it interesting that this is geared at university students. I suppose many students, regardless of age, never think about owning the rights to their work, and may give it up to teachers and professors without thinking to protect their copyright. When I was teaching, I always asked my students for permission to keep/display their work, but I was never intending to publish any of the work, simply to use it as examples for future assignments.
In college and the rest of the adult world, I believe that the responsibility to know copyright policies and demand protection for work rests with the individual who has created the work. However, in k-12 schools, I believe it is the duty of the teacher, media specialist, and other professionals to continuously educate students on copyright policy, and to make sure they go to bat for the protection of their student's work.
Ball State University. (2008). Copyright for students. Retrieved October 3, 2008 fromhttp://www.bsu.edu/library/collections/copyright/students/