Educators raising intellectual property concerns over Teachers Pay Teachers
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Educators raising intellectual property concerns over Teachers Pay Teachers

A number of educators have reported widespread copyright infringement of their own work and of commercially-produced educational materials on the site Teachers Pay Teachers, an online marketplace that allows teachers to earn money by selling lesson plans and curriculum materials, Education Week reports . The site, which complies with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act , does not arbitrate over copyright infringement but puts the burden on teachers and companies to report infringement in order to have the copyrighted material removed from the site. Some who either want to sell their own work for profit or who have offered their own materials for free elsewhere feel it is not fair for other teachers to profit illegally from their work and feel that the site doesn’t do enough to protect copyrighted works since it also gets a cut of the profits, though the company denies the allegation. Much of the problem seems to stem from the fact that many educators aren’t familiar with the particulars of copyright law, with confusion around the difference in borrowing ideas from another teacher for classroom use and profiting financially from the sale of that intellectual property, which is automatically protected under copyright law from the […]

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