Ethics and copyright is also an issue surrounding the use of new technologies and therefore has implications for the classroom.  Students from a young age learn to search the internet, and they can copy and paste text, but they don’t comprehend the need for referencing and therefore claim it as their own work.  There is such a thing in the technology world known as the remix, or remixing.  The practice of the remix allows you, for example to take a music video off youTube and add your own content to it, then you are able to claim it as your own.  Remixing can also be linked to writing.  You can take two bits of writing from two texts and join them together.  In effect, you are creating a new text.  In Lessig’s book (as cited in Lankshear & Knobel) he confirms this technique, “You take and combine, and that’s the writing, the creative writing, which constitutes education about writing: to take and to remix as a way of creating something new.” (2009, p. 80).  Remixing can be a great literacy skill for students to learn, but they need to be warned of the issue with copyright.  Conventional creative writing practice doesn’t infringe on copyright laws, but digital remix often does, and those that do so can face legal action (Lankshear & Knobel, 2009).  Lessig argues that this “new writing needs the same freedoms as did the writing of the eighteenth, nineteenth and twentieth centureies.  To do it well, he says, to understand how it works, to teach it, to develop it and to practice it require freedoms that are currently outlawed.” (cited in Lankshear & Knobel , 2009, p. 81).  Lessig argues that the law must change as those who are practicing this form of remixing are at risk of copyright law.

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