There is SO much to know and learn about Copyright – that I’m not really even going to get into it too much. Lately though, I’ve realized that what seems like the majority of teachers, have no idea what copyright entails when it comes to the things we use in our classroom on a daily basis. Many teachers today have websites. They post lesson plans, classroom information and resources for students. Did you know, if you post a resource on your website that you purchased – and your website isn’t password protected – you are in violation of copyright? Today (as I’ve done many times before) I did a search on Google for my resources. I came upon at least 10 educator and district websites that had my products – in their entirety – available for anyone! When this first happened months ago, I was honestly angry. I felt like I’ve worked so hard and teachers were just “giving away” my work. Once I contacted them though, I realized they had no idea that what they were doing was wrong! The DCMA copyright act prevents you from posting (for free) anything you’ve purchased on the internet if it can be picked up in a search engine and seen by anyone. It’s to protect everyone really – and to protect the work of others. So – what do you do if you want students to be able to access work from home if they’ve been absent? You can set up passwords for certain parts of your website. This way, your entire website will still be public, but the resources section will need a password. Only students and parents can then access the resources – not the entire world. Copyright issues are tough and so very complicated to deal with – especially if you create products! Sellers on TPT have been slammed with cease and desist letters from major companies because their work has been used without consent. So my advice – before creating/selling/posting anything using ideas that are not your own… remember that it’s better to be safe than sorry!