Citing an Image is Not Enough!

I am thrilled to see so many students creating blog posts and going BEYOND “writing” text made up letters, words, sentences and paragraphs. Being able to “read” and “write” in other media is part of becoming fluent in media literacy. In addition to media literacy, knowing your rights and responsibilities as an ethical digital citizen is a vital part of participating in our digital world.

My frustration with educators not knowing about observing copyright when producing content online was expressed in a previous post titled  No! You Can’t Just Take It!. I see sprinkled attempts of students trying to “do the right thing”, but coming up short many times. This is all part of the process for students, but frustrating when they do not receive any feedback from a teacher of how to correct the behavior.

Would it be helpful to create “What if scenarios” for teachers and students to follow?  Could we crowdsource a few more examples? Leave another scenario (also student using, inserting or embedding different media) in the comment section or by writing your own blog post and then leaving the link in the comment.

Take a look at the example below:
A student used an image for his blog post. He/She links to the source of the image.

When we follow the link, we are taken to Flickr, an image sharing platform. Flickr hosts many Creative Commons images, but NOT all are licensed under Creative Commons. By scrolling down, we find out that the image is indeed COPYRIGHT protected.
The student does not have permission by the owner to copy the image and place it on his/her blog. It does not make it “right” by simply linking to the copyrighted image.



What should the student do to practice and act like a responsible and ethical digital citizen?
First thing to do is to remove the image that is infringing on the owner’s copyright.The students has several choices. They could try to contact the owner of the image and ask for permission to use it on their blogfolio or… if he/she does not have enough time to wait to for a response…
Continue to search for an appropriate image that is indeed licensed under Creative Commons.

The student could find a similar image on Flickr…
Check that it is indeed licensed under Creative Commons… and then attribute it properly

“Image licensed under Creative Commons by tq2cute –