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Resources breaching copyright.

Discussion in 'Modern foreign languages' started by sam enerve, Mar 23, 2018.

  1. sam enerve

    sam enerve New commenter

    I've noticed recently that more and more (paid) resources on TES contain materials which have been taken without permission from other places. These include: pictures of well known actors, cartoon characters, and even screenshots of text books!

    All of us have used images in our teaching in our classrooms but uploading them to, or selling them on, TES and claiming to be the author could get you into a lot of trouble.

    Come on people.

    You're better than that!I

    (Yes, I know I have a Sesame Street avatar!)
     
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  2. parkert

    parkert New commenter

    hear hear!
     
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  3. sam enerve

    sam enerve New commenter

    I have a real bee in my bonnet about this and I have started reporting users for passing off other people's resources as their own and trying to sell them on here.

    The number of resources I've found which contain screenshots of the Pearson French and Spanish GCSE textbooks is quite astounding.

    Quite simply, it's theft.

    Unless, of course, you follow the teaching of Proudhon and even his work is copyrighted...
     
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  4. Geekie

    Geekie Occasional commenter

    I've just reported ELEVEN users to TES for uploading resources from Light Bulb Languages / MFL Sunderland without my permission. I wish it was the only time I've had to do this.
     
    Idiomas11, Mazarine, bonxie and 3 others like this.
  5. Lara mfl 05

    Lara mfl 05 Star commenter

    :mad: on your behalf Geekie.
     
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  6. vuvuzela

    vuvuzela Occasional commenter

    Are they trying to sell them too?
     
  7. Geekie

    Geekie Occasional commenter

    Sometimes yes, sometimes no
     
  8. Geekie

    Geekie Occasional commenter

  9. marlin

    marlin Star commenter Forum guide

    I'm really sorry to hear this :( as I know you have always been most generous with your excellent resources and helped so many people.
     
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  10. Geekie

    Geekie Occasional commenter

    Thanks Marlin
     
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  11. Idiomas11

    Idiomas11 Occasional commenter

    I have also seen resources from Neil Jones MFL for sale!
     
  12. sam enerve

    sam enerve New commenter

    Just reported one more.
    This particular user has over 100 resources for sale (!!!!) which contain screenshots of Pearson French and Spanish textbooks.
    It's crazy!!!!!
    Do these people know what they are doing?
     
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  13. Lara mfl 05

    Lara mfl 05 Star commenter

    Well done and I doubt they realise about copyright law. I've seen a source recently (not MFL) where I recognise all the pictures from a textbook. I suspect the textbook is out of print, so there may be some leeway for the use of some pictures, as the textbook is aimed at an older age-group and thise was for Primary, but even so . . . .
     
  14. catmother

    catmother Star commenter

    Indeed.
     
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  15. jubilee

    jubilee Star commenter

    I periodically look at the resources on TES and have to say that an awful lot of them are what we had years ago in text books that were mainly text. The worksheets seem to be so much 're-inventing the wheel', with the addition of coloured borders, cartoon images, emojis and photos..
    The downsides, as I see it, are burgeoning photocopying costs in school, pupils drowning in loose paper that is often mislaid or destroyed (and thus not available for revision purposes), more scope for error (without the proof-reading at a publisher's) and unnecessary teacher workload devising or adapting worksheets.
     
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  16. Elly40

    Elly40 New commenter

    That's not on as you make the resources freely available and easy to edit
     
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