Wednesday, February 10, 2010


I read the articles on ethics and I liked the one titled "Do Students Respect Intellectual Property." The article was addressed as a question to two teachers who gave two different responses. I preferred this article over the others because it deals with students use of intellectual property. The two teachers have different responses for the question. Jenneifer Janesko teaches at a school in Germany and she believes that students do respect intellectual property. Jennifer introduced her students to the information on intellectual property and they applied the information to their studies. She did not say that it was easy or that her students wanted to do it, but in the end they did the work. Tammy Morris teaches in Alaska and she believes that students do not respect intellectual property. Tammy feels that although students know they should get permission, they just will not take the time to do so. She believes that students learn from watching what others do and if others do not get permission to use someone else work neither will they.

The article was on a topic I sometimes think about. Many times we are quick to say that students will do whatever they can to geat away without do the hard work. That's not always the case. There are many students who want to know what they can use of someone elses work and they should implement that work into theirs. Sometimes students are waiting to be informed by their teachers what they should do and what's required. I believe students would respect intellectual property if they had an understanding of what it actually is beforehand. Many students and others are unaware of copyright lawas and are not sure how to get permission for using someone else's property. We all search the internet for information and products and we never think twice about whether or not we have a right to the information or product because we believe that what's on the internet is public domain. If we are going to start respecting intellectual property it is something we should do at an early age. In schools now students are being allowed a day out of the week to go to the computer lab and that is the perfect time to start teaching them about respect others work. Starting at a young age will help ensure that the information has been provided and we all know that young children never forget anything.

Thought Provoking Question:

How can we start respecting intellectual property when we look at the internet has public domain?


  1. I agree. It is the teacher's responsibility to inform the students on the do's and dont's when using someone else's work.

  2. I do agree with the article. Students and teachers should know the right way to obtain copyright.

  3. It is so much easier to run some essay or paper through "turnitin". Maybe there should be a service that does just that sort of thing with Web 2.0 content. It would nice to be able to run something through that you thought you had "revealed to the world for the first time" only to realize that ten thousand other people already thought of it and published it!