ICT and Computer Science

The week commencing 24th September 2018, all of the Year 8 Computer Science students at the Hazeley academy were taught about the Copyright law.

The law was introduced to protect individuals who have created original pieces of work. This can be in the form of books, music and computer software etc.

Currently, it is estimated that 40% of all software is copied illegally. This is a real problem in society. Especially, in this digital age where technology is so advanced and the methods of refabricating are endless.

The students were shown a video about the stance of various organisations and YouTube on the copyright law, and how people could be infringing the law e.g. if a member of the public went to the cinema and started recording segments of the latest blockbuster movie and posted it onto YouTube.

There were some very interesting discussions going on. Another example that was discussed, if a student had spent 30 minutes on completing some coursework in class and needed to go to the toilet. Then the person next to them uses that as an opportunity to copy their work that is also a form of copyright infringement.

A few Magenta principles were embedded into the lesson, students were given 5 useful and reliable sources for the copyright law and were instructed to REDUCE all of that information into a concise 5 slide informative presentation to raise awareness of the copyright law.

At the end of the lesson the students learnt being creative is good, but don’t copy as that is morally and ethically wrong. Also, if your work has been copied or stolen. The law will protect you. There are also consequences of copyright infringement. This can be fines and in some cases prison sentences. The severity of the punishment is based on each individual case.