Houston School District Ordered To Pay $9.2 Million In Copyright Infringement Case
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Houston School District Ordered To Pay $9.2 Million In Copyright Infringement Case

(Image via iStock) The facts of the case are pretty simple . DynaStudy created a number of study guides. These guides were apparently particularly helpful, so the principal of a Houston high school purchased some, made copies, then distributed them to students. The study guides included an express statement on the bottom, “Copying this material is strictly prohibited.” A teacher pointed this statement out to the principal, who brushed off the concerns and the teacher replied via email , “I’m ok with violating it though . . . lol.” Additional emails were also included in evidence in the litigation. In some cases, employees cropped out or covered up DynaStudy’s logo and the copyright warnings, then distributed these copies throughout the district. Some copies ended up far beyond the Houston school district, and the guide was found publicly posted online in states as far as New Jersey. This case is a pretty egregious case of copyright infringement, with administrators and educators either completely ignorant of copyright law or aware and content to ignore the ramifications. Neither willful blindness nor blatant disregard for copyright law go over well in copyright cases. Let’s start with the teacher’s emailed response. Of course that […]

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