Month 11 – MAC-Response Week 1-Carol Satta

My Response 


I enjoyed your synopsis of the readings this week. I can empathize with your continued journey of understanding what is copyrighted and what is not. Working in the PR and amrketing field, we deal with copyright each and everyday. We have clients who like to “mimic” other designs and logos. We have to gently remind them that it is more tha likely copyrighted and while we can include some similarities in their designs, we cannot use what another person has created. I was once told my my art instructor, David Meo, “we can borrow but we cannot steal”. Again that grey area.

In your collaboration, were the students able to create their PowerPoints without the use of copyrighted materials? If so, was it more diffuclt for them? Your idea of balance is perfect. I think in working together being able to check each other while in collaboration is a great thing. As you reviewed the students work, did you each check the students?

I am curious to see what Professor Bustillos says in regards to your explanation to the students. Thank you for an insightful post.

Original Post by Carol Satta

I thought this series of videos about copyright was an excellent example of how the flipped classroom should work. I also appreciated the format with an introductory video and then later a video that summarized and reviewed the content covered.

If I could use one word to summarize my impression of copyright issues it would be BALANCE.

Creative Commons License: Harris, C. (2010, November 1). Balancing act [Photograph]. Retrieved from

Creative Commons License: Harris, C. (2010, November 1). Balancing act [Photograph]. Retrieved from

As Professor Bustillos said, “We have to learn to respect copyright but we need to learn to work with it and not let it . . . determine our own creativity and how we use things.” I have to confess that I feel rather paralyzed by the shades of gray. As a school librarian, I am expected to be able to advise the faculty and students concerning copyright. I attended an all-day seminar about copyright and walked out feeling like I had sawdust in my head. It’s hard to learn how to work with it. However, Prof. Bustillos did a good job of distilling the salient points to keep in mind.

Prof. Bustillos’ test to determine if something is fair use or not is my best takeaway: “The test for fair use is actually if you are teaching a unit, and you are using copyrighted material in the teaching of this unit, can you teach this unit if you remove the copyrighted material? And if you can, then it is not fair use.”

This year I was collaborating with a classroom teacher to support a classroom project where the students were creating PowerPoint presentations. I showed them how to filter their Flikr and Google image searches to get only Creative Commons licensed images. They were appalled at what was no longer available to them. They asked, Can I still use copyrighted images if I include a citation? I said, “Just don’t post it online. Use it only for an in-class presentation. Be sure to cite each image.” What do you think, Professor Bustillos?

The Internet has challenged the way we currently do copyright. I think that eventually the market for copyrighted movies and music will change so that the producers get their money in new ways similar to how NetFlix and Red Box provide videos cheaply and iTunes sells music a la carte. The whole publishing and library worlds are going through a similar transformation with the advent of eBooks.

Larry Lessig’s TED Talk encouraged balance and warned against the growing extremism on both sides. While I think that he made some good points and Creative Commons licensing seems like a helpful compromise, I want to say that I objected to the blasphemous clip about Jesus Christ. The Lord of the universe deserves our respect.


Bustillos, J. (2011, January 14). Copyright Issues Part 2 – 2: Fair Use Basics [Video file]. Retrieved from

TED Talk video: ReMix Culture by Larry Lessig, retrieved from on 05/06/2013


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