A clear "No" I'm afraid.
A useable alternative source of material however = Legal Music For Videos - Creative Commons
Right, need to clear something up with copyright.
Are schools allowed, for educational purposes, to have children:
Download a popular tune from a game
Create their own game in Scratch
Use the downloaded tune as the theme for it.
Without any payments/licenses?
I know their are various 'for educational' fair dealing type exclusions to copyright, and there are many different licenses and licensing agencies for playing music/videos/plays etc..., but this is more about derivative works really.
Last edited by localzuk; 2nd December 2010 at 12:28 PM.
The 'for education' myth seems to have a lot of weight behind it sadly. In this case, as in most others, it's clearly 'no'.
Cant you just request a copy of the law they are using? You could provide a a copy of the copyright law which states it is illegal, and state that you(and anyone else employed) will be following that until they can provide evidence to support their view? Until then, it is just their opinion.
It's a funny one - there is a definite exemption in the legislation for "anything done in connection with an examination" (paraphrased) - but that is generally interpreted as being a sit down exam rather than coursework.
Maybe the real answer here is to all lean on our MPs to bring in legislation that would allow limited copying of music, film etc for educational use in the same way we can copy (sections of) books, newspapers, whatever.
If they insist on saying it is legal ask them to produce, in black and white, the legal papers which say so, either from legal acts or from contracts stating permissions of use. If they cannot produce them then it is hearsay that they have the right to do x, y & z ... in the same way that it is hearsay that you can shoot a Welshman within the walls of Chester after darks with a crossbow and quarrel, but it is illegal to own said crossbow within Chester ...
Urban myth with a thin veneer of truth does not mean it is ok to do it.
Under those same guides, anything is legal if it is for education purposes... where would that lead!
There is an analogy you can take back to said member of staff!
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