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Pasco schools warned against using copyrighted material



Pasco County school district officials have begun paying closer attention to the video work that schools and students share on YouTube, such as high school morning news shows.

They've been impressed with the high quality. But they've also grown concerned at the use of popular music, such as Beatles tunes and the theme song to Spongebob Squarepants, without permission.

So on Friday the district told principals to remind their staff members of the importance of either paying for the copyrighted materials, or to steer clear. Instructional media-technology specialists got the memo, too, so they can stay on top of the issue at their schools.

"If we see a video posted by a school or department that includes copyrighted music, we will contact the principal or director and suggest that the music be changed or the video be removed from the Internet if the proper permissions have not been granted," Browning wrote. "Please let me know if we can help your school with any issues related to copyrighted music."

Browning noted that schools have been issued CDs of copyright-free music, and also suggested using websites with creative commons licensed music (which schools can use with attribution). He also provided links to articles with more detailed information from School Video News and Stanford University.

[Last modified: Monday, September 30, 2013 10:53am]


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