My recent post about copyright, quality assurance and Glow certainly got the conversation started! Here’s a quick update on what’s been happening since…
As well as getting the most comments I’ve had so far, my post on the potentially crippling impact that restrictive copyright may have on the future of Glow has also given me more food for thought than ever. I have never been happy about the current state of play with regards to copyright, namely, that my employer owns the copyright for any materials I produce, but it is Kenneth McLaughlin‘s comment that has really got me thinking. He asks where in the McCrone agreement it says
that your employer has ownership/copyright on the teaching materials you create?
I have been through the McCrone agreement with a microscope, and he’s right… It doesn’t say that. So does that mean that the restriction I thought was in place has gone? I’m not sure anymore. It may be a part of my ‘Terms & Conditions’ agreement that I signed with my Council and I’m checking this at the moment. I’ve also started speaking to my union to see if they can clarify the legal position (at the moment, they aren’t too sure but it’s early days yet).
One thing is coming through loud and clear, the advent of online collaboration and ‘sharing’ has happened faster than the existing structures can cope with. Nothing surprising in that, but if we are going to make the real changes we hope are possible, we need to sort this out now.
To do this, I need your help. I need to find out if anyone out there working in Scottish education has a specific mention of copyright in their contract — good or bad. I’m waiting to hear back on my own T&C, and I think I (we?) need to get a clearer picture of where I stand before I make a complete wazzock of myself.
If the employers do indeed hold the copyright in my intellectual property, then I am prepared to put forward a motion to the SNCT or the Unions or the Scottish Government or indeed anyone else that can change this (see my previous post for my thoughts on how the system could work). That’s a task for the future, but at the moment, I need any and all information that you can provide! You can either comment, or you can contact me directly by email at: scottishteacher [at] gmail [dot] com
And finally, thanks to Ewan for suggesting a way of sabotaging (in a constructive way) the materials you produce. By using CC materials in your resources, the CC license becomes an integral part of your ‘new’ materials so, unless your LA are willing to pay for commercial clipart/photos for your worksheet (highly unlikely) they will have to accept the materials as having the same CC license… sneaky!
More to come I’m sure!