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Copyright issues tend to be a hot topic among some homeschoolers, including myself. I’ll admit to having purchased used curriculum to find that someone had erased pages that were used. The ones I’ve bought usually had a couple of completed pages and then sat unused on the seller’s shelf. Typically, I knew that when purchasing and figured we’d just start on the first clean page. But, I’ve heard of other creative ways some people will use a consumable product and then turn around to sell it. And I’ve seen listings that admit the entire book is completed in pencil with the suggestion the purchaser erase it all for another student. Don’t get me wrong, I am all for (1) getting a bargain and (2) being frugal. However, I do not feel that these methods of reusing a consumable product respect either the copyright law OR the author/publisher of the materials. I could go on about the moral and ethical violations, but I won’t. If you haven’t delved into what is permitted so far as copyright goes, take a few minutes to check out this site: http://www.homeschoolcopyright.org/
Over the past few years, there has been a trend towards electronic formats for books. With the convenience of having instant downloads and easy printing on demand comes a temptation to quickly ‘share’ with friends. However, these products are copyrighted and some are considered licensed to the original purchaser for use. A few companies are now creating files that limit access and transferability rather than trust their purchasers will not violate copyright. (I have a product in my inbox to download for review that is both password protected to open AND allows a maximum of TWO prints from the file so that you are forced to print out the entire product and archive for future use in your family.)
As a member of the TOS Crew, I have received several products in electronic format and expect to see this trend continue to thrive. A fellow First Mate on the TOS Crew was recently inspired to write a bit about ebooks and copyright. So, I’d like to share her post: E-books, copyrights, and two FREE ebooks from TOS Magazine.