Also, please click an answer on the poll above. We will talk about the correct answer in a few minutes.
Lastly, I will be calling all of you over to my desk to one at a time to discuss your layout and touch base about your progress.
You've spent the last two days coming to grips with your new understanding of Fair Use Law and Copyright Law. You started working on a new post after our rug discussion yesterday. Continue it. Read back over my post about the Dodgers as a reminder of formatting. You have until the end of the period to get your post finished.
Also, some of you have not submitted answers to the questions I asked on Monday. If you have not yet done that, it is HOMEWORK. You no longer have time to submit that during class (unless you are ALL caught up).
Please read this article I posted a few years ago and be prepared to point out why it is copyright safe and my quotations and photos are considered "Fair Use."
If there is one thing people know for sure about how the Dodgers will do this year, it's that we really don't know anything about how the Dodgers will do this year. After an extensive web search I found articles all over the internet explaining that the Dodgers are going to be the same team they were last year (no better, and hopefully no worse). It's hard to even know what the 40-man roster will look like once April rolls around because the team itself is up for sale. Frank McCourt (the current owner) is supposed to select the highest bidder by the end of the month. Once the new owner takes the helm we could see huge changes to the team. After all, this is the underachieving team of Frank McCourt that T.J. Simers of the LA Times thinks we should be darn mad about. Simers thinks that if we can sustain being mad about how bad the team is for long enough, we can at least "send a messgae to the new owner that he best do a better job." Keep in mind that Simers is one of the most pessimistic sports writers on the LA Times staff. But, he is not alone in thinking the Dodgers are going to find themselves in the lower part of the division this year.
According to Cappers Picks, the Dodgers are going to be in "rebuilding mode" again this year. That's code for: they are going to be bad.
Grant Brisbee of SBNation had this to say: "The reinforcements brought in to help that team are completely underwhelming. Considering that the Dodgers lost Hiroki Kuroda and Jamey Carroll, it's not too much of a stretch to suggest that they got worse this winter." Not a great prediction if you ask me. You can read his full article here, which includes how much the Dodger's starting rotation is going to be receiving in 2012.
But, not everyone thinks the dodgers are going to be bad this year. Jim McLennan of AZ Snakepit thinks the NL West is up for grabs this year and that the Dodgers have a good chance of winning it. He does point out that a win in the west is predicated on how well both Clayton Kershaw and Matt Kemp do, so maybe not. Of course, McLennan is an Arizona Diamondbacks fan, so what does he know.
In the end, maybe we know one thing for sure: The Dodgers are going to be either better, or worse, or the same as they were last year. Yeah, I think we can at least say that...
Today I want to talk about Copyright. If you use someone else's words, images, or videos on your website blog, you might be breaking the law. You last thing I want for you is a "Cease and Desist" letter in the mail from a lawyer about copyrighted work on your website. However, there are times when it is perfectly okay to use someone else's words on your blog.
By then end of today you should be able to answer the following two questions:
1. What is "Fair Use? and what is "Copyright?"
2. What do you need to make sure you do if you are using the words, images, or videos of other people on your blog?
Before you answer those two questions though, I want you to gain some knowledge. See below.
1. Watch This to Learn about Copyright and pay particular attention to the Fair Use section. Click the link below. The video cannot be embedded so you will have to watch this one on youtube.
2. Now, check this video out. The person who made this did not get permission to use the Disney clips. Shouldn't he get in trouble for it? Don't those clips belong to Disney under copyright law?
3. Before answering the question below, check out this information page about fair use.
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