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Offline beanie

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Can You Edit Someone Else's Knowledge Organiser?
« on: February 08, 2018, 12:52:24 PM »
If someone shares a knowledge organiser, is it OK to modify it?
So, if the organiser is shared in a dropbox or free on TES or anywhere, is it OK to edit it?
You might feel that the organiser is not quite right for your class so it would seem sensible to edit it to suit.

Once you have edited the organiser, is it reasonable to share it with someone else?

Clearly if a knowledge organiser is something being sold, it would not be right to share it. But if a knowledge organiser is being shared for free amongst teachers, are there limits on what you can do with it?

A knowledge organiser is going to be about summarising accepted knowledge. Do teachers have to create their own summaries to avoid upsetting others who have already done this? Does the original creator have some say over the layout of an organiser that you modify. How much of the text of the original must remain for the organiser to be considered the work of the original person?

The TES free sharing website has licenses which let the author say what they intended in terms of free sharing and modification although I guess most downloaders don't read these. Most files shared on dropboxes etc don't have any license information.

All this seems like a minefield. I imagine different people will have different views.
Does anyone have a clear answer?

Offline ControTeach

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Re: Can You Edit Someone Else's Knowledge Organiser?
« Reply #1 on: February 08, 2018, 08:09:45 PM »
Hi beanie
My view is that if a KO has been shared freely on the web, you can do what you like with it. If someone says here's my KO for free, do they expect you to just use it as it is? Presumably they are advertising it so that others WILL use it.

If they put it in a public drop box then they know anyone can access it and do what they like with it.
Once something is shared like this, the user cannot then say no you cannot change it. If they want specific conditions to be applied to the use of their free material then they need to add a specific Creative Commons License to it. In my experience they do not do this.

If the item in question is sold for use, it's a different matter. But if someone creates a document and shares it for free on the web, then they really have little say over its use.

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