As a guy who creates a heaping cheeseload of content—both the copyright kind and the Creative Commons Share-and-Share(ski)-Alike kind—the session I was most interested in attending at this year’s Educon conference was How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Citation, offered by Bud Hunt and Joe Bires.

Basically, Bud and Joe were playing out two ends of the fair use spectrum—Bud arguing that the ideas of others are important enough to honor that citation is essential in almost every circumstance and Joe arguing that citation is 1). increasingly difficult in a world driven by co-creation and 2). a barrier to innovative thought.

The session really got me thinking.  Here’s my notes:



Any thoughts?  What are you doing to teach your students about attributing the sources for their ideas and inspiration?


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