Digital Fiction and a Question about Copyright

Digital Fiction

I’m presenting next week at a conference AND giving a lecture to undergrad students about the same topic – Digital Fiction.  A bit of synchronocity for a change between teaching, research and conferencing with the profession. I wish that would happen more often!  I’ve taken a shot from one of my favourite examples of digital fiction for young people as my cover slide – the story of Inanimate Alice. I will be able to show a chapter of the story to the students but the conference venue has … well, let’s just say I had to actually write and request internet access with my reason for request so they could assess the need.  *coughs*

I’m beginning to worry more and more about copyright with my powerpoint slides though.  Until now I have figured that if I am using images for educational purposes in a conference presentation or a lecture it should not raise any objections, and nor will the original artists / publishers be likely to ever see that I’m doing it anyway.  But then if I want to share my slides on slideshare and link to a podcast so other people can see/hear, the liberal use of images probably does matter.  I don’t have time to write to a hundred different people for formal permission every time I create a presentation though.  So to share or not to share, that is the question!

4 thoughts on “Digital Fiction and a Question about Copyright

  1. Copyright issues and education are enough at odds in RL, but now we have SL to deal with as well. Here are some of my initial thoughts on the issue (and one I believe will be discussed more and more):
    1. Are you infringing if you use quotes from your Chat Log History?
    2. If I display an image of an object created by someone else on my blog, what type of permission/attribution must I get?
    3. Wouldn’t life be simpler if we all assigned Creative Commons permissions that alllowed for blanket use (with acknowledgment) for anything used for educational purposes?
    4. Will this issue ever be resolved?

  2. Thanks for sharing Intimate Alice; I teach
    literature and the culture of cyberspace this fall, and that will be a nice addition.

    Re: copyright issues – I know this is complicated and varies from country to country, but as long as you are citing your sources in the slide presentations, is that not enough? (Even if it’s a smaller font citation at the bottom of the slide?)

    Of course, whether or not you are profiting from these images (even with citations) is the primary issue – and it could be argued that if you are getting $ for presentations, then it may violate copyright laws.

    The problem with the suggestion above about assigning creative commons permissions for all things we use for educational purposes is that many of the images educators use (or would like to use) are not created by educators, but are rather artifacts of popular/contemporary culture, created by those who are seeking to make a living from those items.

    Have you consulted a.o.i.r ( about this? I’d be curious to hear what they have to say (and perhaps you did, but I’ve been buried in syllabi creation for last couple of weeks).

  3. Well, you do create stunning presentations with your use of images. I would guess in the field, it can be hard to come by licensed/free images for some of the topics.

    For ones I post on slideshare, I rigorously pounds flickr and other cc license sites to find my images. I always provide credit and link in text below the image.

    On the other hand, in some of my presentations, I run a 300 image revolving slide show before I start, and many of them are not licensed for re-use, so I just do not post them.

    For the most part, I think people are interested in being acknowledged (a basic human need, maybe even less so basic in this day), so a strong attribution goes a long way.

    But please, please, pretty please with no bacn on top, dont stop sharing your presentations!

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