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  • Kyndo
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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #12400 on: July 21, 2020, 12:16:23 pm »
I'm not entirely familiar with how the Korean copy-right system works, but I do know that most of its laws are based on American ones, and that in the USA, materials generated by teachers are owned by the School district: teachers have been successfully sued by their employers for selling their lesson materials online (this includes materials generated for class that were done in the teacher's free time).

 
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"If your employment contract assigns copyright ownership of materials produced for the classroom to the teacher, then you probably have a green light. Absent any written agreement, however, the Copyright Act of 1976 stipulates that materials created by teachers in the scope of their employment are deemed “works for hire” and therefore the school owns them.

[Many teachers], however, believe that if they create materials on their own time, using their own equipment, they surely have the right to do with them as they please.
“Under the [American] law... this may not make a difference. The issue is whether you created the materials as part of your job duties.”

In 2004, a federal appellate court in New York ruled that “tests, quizzes, homework problems, and other teaching materials” were works made for hire owned by the district and that the “academic tradition” of granting authors ownership of their own scholarly work cannot be applied to materials not explicitly intended for publication."
[Source = NEA]

   Again, this is in the USA, but there's a good chance that it's the same here in Korea as well. I'd love to hear from anybody that can confirm or deny this with links to official sites!

   
...This is all well and good, but in the end, it's hard for a school to claim your work if you've "accidentally" deleted it all from your hard drive...  :angel:



  • Colburnnn
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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #12401 on: July 21, 2020, 12:37:38 pm »
I'm not entirely familiar with how the Korean copy-right system works, but I do know that most of its laws are based on American ones, and that in the USA, materials generated by teachers are owned by the School district: teachers have been successfully sued by their employers for selling their lesson materials online (this includes materials generated for class that were done in the teacher's free time).

 [Source = NEA]

   Again, this is in the USA, but there's a good chance that it's the same here in Korea as well. I'd love to hear from anybody that can confirm or deny this with links to official sites!

   
...This is all well and good, but in the end, it's hard for a school to claim your work if you've "accidentally" deleted it all from your hard drive...  :angel:



Interesting. But luckily thats not the case with foreign, temp contracted workers in Korea and IP. (aka most of us) Actual workers play by different rules (just look at the vacation and desk warming saga) The only issue you face is using trademarked photos or pictures on PPT's. Ran into this issue when working privately and had to adapt some of my work.

Would be interesting to hear from them actual Korean teachers about this though about the things they produce. I'll go and ask them about their work and get back to you.
« Last Edit: July 21, 2020, 12:39:18 pm by Colburnnn »
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  • oglop
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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #12402 on: July 21, 2020, 01:04:11 pm »
<shrug>
This is a bit like returning your shopping cart in the parking lot.  No one will ticket you if you don't do it, it just means you're a complete f*****d.  You're the kind of person we need laws and criminal justice systems and jack-booted police for.  You don't willingly follow the rules, you have be pressured, forced or cowed into doing what is right.
hm, strange shopping trolley analogy. also not sure what the police has to do with not wanting to share materials with undeserving co-workers. none of these things are really the same thing


  • Mr C
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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #12403 on: July 21, 2020, 01:32:59 pm »
hm, strange shopping trolley analogy. also not sure what the police has to do with not wanting to share materials with undeserving co-workers. none of these things are really the same thing
Gosh, if only I  had bold-faced the the word "bit" to indicate that it wasn't really the same but a sort of parallel case ...


  • oglop
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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #12404 on: July 21, 2020, 01:35:42 pm »
to indicate that it wasn't really the same but a sort of parallel case ...
well, they're not really though


  • OnNut81
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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #12405 on: July 21, 2020, 01:36:24 pm »
I'm not going to get into the whole downloading things and passing them off as your own argument. We are all adults and you can choose to work however you wish. Personally, I design, create and deliver my own material from scratch. Again, nobody owns that but me.

I'm an industrial designer so am fully versed on all of the laws surrounding intellectual property and ownership of.

The original question was ethics based, not ownership based.

Thought the obvious glibness was obvious.  Apparently not.  See, what I was implying was that a lot of materials weren't actually created by me, so it's not entirely my decision.  And I meant that flippantly as a small joke. 


  • Colburnnn
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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #12406 on: July 21, 2020, 01:43:30 pm »
I'm not entirely familiar with how the Korean copyright system works,

I'll just add that copyright is just one part of intellectual property ownership. Trademarking, Plans, Designs, Patents all fall under the IP banner. You may well have the right to copy something (perhaps a school wants to use the presentation, for example) maybe you purchased that right (the school may believe because you were salaried that they own the presentation) But that is simply not the case. That does not extend your right to ownership, distribution or publishing of said IP.

The original creator of the work holds all ownership unless given away. (via gifting, trading, dealing etc etc...)

Damn, this takes me back!  ;D :azn:
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  • Colburnnn
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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #12407 on: July 21, 2020, 01:46:37 pm »
Thought the obvious glibness was obvious.  Apparently not.  See, what I was implying was that a lot of materials weren't actually created by me, so it's not entirely my decision.  And I meant that flippantly as a small joke. 

apologies, been ruddy recording all day and my eyes have given up I think.

Yes, if you are not the IP holder (You copied - legitimately (purchasing) or illegitimately (pirating)) then it's not really an issue. My works are solely my own, I guess thats why it sits a bit in the throat to give them away.
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Colburnnn: Complains a lot, very sassy. Has a loudmouth.


  • Kyndo
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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #12408 on: July 21, 2020, 02:21:29 pm »
Interesting. But luckily thats not the case with foreign, temp contracted workers in Korea and IP. (aka most of us) Actual workers play by different rules (just look at the vacation and desk warming saga).
But isn't that just due to having different contracts? US NETs play by different rules because we're issued a different set of contracts. I would imagine that intellectual property rights are a lot like labour laws in that they apply to everybody equally. As both public school KETs and NETs are employed by the same employer (Korean ministry of Education), rules applying to IP would be applied in a similar fashion, wouldn't they?

 
The only issue you face is using trademarked photos or pictures on PPT's. Ran into this issue when working privately and had to adapt some of my work.
This is a whole 'nother kettle of fish!
While fair-use regulations obviously do cover the use of trade-marked images and stuff for teaching public school etc, and do not cover stuff that you make to sell, I wonder if fair-use covers materials made by a NET working in a for-profit hagwon?

      As a vaguely related aside, a friend of mine wrote a children's book a little while ago, and hired an artist to draw the pictures. She had mapped out exactly what kind of images go on each pages etc, and had specified that the protagonist of the story should "look a little like Dora the Explorer, but with longer hair". While the artist was very good, they followed instructions maybe a little too closely, and the likeness was... striking. Long story short, whoever owns Dora somehow got wind of this and halted publication due to (I guess) copy-right infringement. Took a looooong time and a lot of effort to set everything straight again. Did end up getting published though, so all's well that ends well, I guess.  :smiley:



Would be interesting to hear from them actual Korean teachers about this though about the things they produce. I'll go and ask them about their work and get back to you.
Cool!
I'd be interested in knowing official rules, as it's hypothetically possible that I've hypothetically made some money in the distant past generating .ppts and worksheet packages. It would be nice to know if I'm hypothetically breaking IP laws as well as hypothetically not abiding by contractual ones. Hypothetically.


  • Kayos
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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #12409 on: July 21, 2020, 02:25:29 pm »
It depends on my relationship with them. If they've been helpful and considerate towards me in general, they can have anything they want.

If they've tried to avoid doing more than the bare minimum or treated me like a chore at all, I straight up tell them no.

With all that being said, though, most KTs don't ask me for my materials, and, whenever they do, it's only for a random ppt here and there.

I wouldn't mind audio recordings, but I'd say no to any video recordings. Just not comfortable with that at all.

And I'm like tyler, I leave most if not all of my materials to a new NET if I'm being replaced at a school anyway. I'm not possessive over my stuff, I just don't want a lazy asshole taking advantage of me, haha.

This, I only got asked by 1 at the end of my first year. I gave it to him as he helped me a lot during that year.


  • Kayos
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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #12410 on: July 21, 2020, 02:31:35 pm »
I officially requested a change of one of my travel schools. The students over the last 2 years were really horrible, some good students there, but overshadowed by the bad ones.
This year, the students are only slightly better in the classroom, and not as destructive, so after a bad class 2 weeks ago, I had enough and officially requested a change to a different travel school.
It's become a huge ordeal. All 3 of my schools have contacted about it, the other 2 said there was no problems and stuff, and the co-t at the horrible school, said she doesn't know about any problems there, even though we have discussed them for over 2 years. So tomorrow, I have some official coming to watch how much the students listen to me and I'm worried the co-t is going to try bribe the students in someway to listen to me so I don't get changed. Plus general nerves for having someone watch the class.


  • Mr C
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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #12411 on: July 21, 2020, 02:41:46 pm »
well, they're not really though
Well, they are a f*****g bit!

See, some people care about other people, some people not so much.  The former person will put the cart back in the cart return (becasue that is objective good), but the latter person just won't bother.

Similarly, assuming I think my materials in some way help students (an objective good) I will willingly share my materials, even though  the law mights say i have to.  However, a person who doesn't care about objective good will only leave his materials to be shared if he fears the law or some form of repercussions.  However, in the case of leaving your materials in Korea goes, as Kyndo said, you can just tell them Oops, I accidentally erased my thumbdrive. 

So, yeah.  A fair bit of similarlity there. 


  • Colburnnn
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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #12412 on: July 21, 2020, 02:43:21 pm »
I would imagine that intellectual property rights are a lot like labour laws in that they apply to everybody equally.

Correct, the creator of the IP has ownership (unless given away/sold) I presume some businesses include that in the contract. It is most certainly not in mine. Your MOE does not own your IP in any way shape or form unless it includes something they own.
Mine was made by me on my hardware using my licenses. The MOE does not own my time, it is paying me for me for it. They are not paying for my property either! (that would be more expensive than 2.6 mil a month!)

they followed instructions maybe a little too closely, and the likeness was... striking.

I've had similar issues when contracting work. There is 'being inspired' and 'ripping off'.

I'd be interested in knowing official rules, as it's hypothetically possible that I've hypothetically made some money in the distant past generating .ppts and worksheet packages. It would be nice to know if I'm hypothetically breaking IP laws as well as hypothetically not abiding by contractual ones. Hypothetically.

Turns out my lot don't really make their own. The thought of it for the 2nd semester was the reason they were asking for mine! They said they will ask and let me know... (they won't let me know - cba)
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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #12413 on: July 21, 2020, 02:46:01 pm »
I officially requested a change of one of my travel schools. The students over the last 2 years were really horrible, some good students there, but overshadowed by the bad ones.
This year, the students are only slightly better in the classroom, and not as destructive, so after a bad class 2 weeks ago, I had enough and officially requested a change to a different travel school.
It's become a huge ordeal. All 3 of my schools have contacted about it, the other 2 said there was no problems and stuff, and the co-t at the horrible school, said she doesn't know about any problems there, even though we have discussed them for over 2 years. So tomorrow, I have some official coming to watch how much the students listen to me and I'm worried the co-t is going to try bribe the students in someway to listen to me so I don't get changed. Plus general nerves for having someone watch the class.

That's a pile of crapness Kayos.  Hope it goes okay.  It's such a stupid way of doing things.  As soon as someone else comes to watch a class, the behaviour changes of the students.  Why can't they just take your word for it considering it's carried on for so long?  >:(


  • Kayos
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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #12414 on: July 21, 2020, 02:50:34 pm »
That's a pile of crapness Kayos.  Hope it goes okay.  It's such a stupid way of doing things.  As soon as someone else comes to watch a class, the behaviour changes of the students.  Why can't they just take your word for it considering it's carried on for so long?  >:(

Exactly. My words to the supervisor would be: Ask the Korean teachers who have had that school, as a travel school, for as long as I have.
My co-t there also complains that ALL the teachers that come from outside that school, complain about the students there.
If they can't trust my words as a foreigner, maybe ask the Korean teachers who also have problems there.
I have admitted they are slightly better this year, compared to the other 2, I'm just more at my limit based on the previous 2 years there, so when they act up and classes go badly, it's effecting me more than it probably should, which is why I'd like a change.


  • Kayos
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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #12415 on: July 21, 2020, 02:52:54 pm »
That's a pile of crapness Kayos.  Hope it goes okay.  It's such a stupid way of doing things.  As soon as someone else comes to watch a class, the behaviour changes of the students.  Why can't they just take your word for it considering it's carried on for so long?  >:(

And to answer your question, travel schools are handled by the local education office, not the province's one. All my complaining has been to the coordinator of the provinces education office rather than the local one.


  • oglop
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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #12416 on: July 21, 2020, 02:55:06 pm »
Well, they are a f*****g bit!

See, some people care about other people, some people not so much.  The former person will put the cart back in the cart return (becasue that is objective good), but the latter person just won't bother.

Similarly, assuming I think my materials in some way help students (an objective good) I will willingly share my materials, even though  the law mights say i have to.  However, a person who doesn't care about objective good will only leave his materials to be shared if he fears the law or some form of repercussions.  However, in the case of leaving your materials in Korea goes, as Kyndo said, you can just tell them Oops, I accidentally erased my thumbdrive. 

So, yeah.  A fair bit of similarlity there. 
ah, the old "but think about the children" comeback. well, in my experience, if they were decent teachers, they'd already have their own materials to use (which i talked about in my first post). the teachers i found that would always ask me for materials would be the lazy (or dickhead) teachers, and they were the teachers that didn't really give a shit about making good lessons anyway. so i certainly wasn't going to give them materials i spent a lot of time working on (while they slept at their desks for the entire year).

so as i already said, i'd give the materials to the teachers that deserve them, but not those that don't

(oh and for the record, for what it's worth, i always put the shopping trolley back)


Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #12417 on: July 21, 2020, 03:00:44 pm »
I would tend to agree, giving materials to teachers who actually care about the students and take the time to make good materials themselves but just happened to really like something I made.......but my coteachers take whatever they want anyway because I have to send my lesson PPTs ahead of time for class....

Within the first week or so at a new school the coteacher asked me for my waygook account info ......


  • Colburnnn
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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #12418 on: July 21, 2020, 03:02:53 pm »
I would tend to agree, giving materials to teachers who actually care about the students and take the time to make good materials themselves but just happened to really like something I made.......but my coteachers take whatever they want anyway because I have to send my lesson PPTs ahead of time for class....

Within the first week or so at a new school the coteacher asked me for my waygook account info ......

Please tell me you told her you were Mr.DeMartino
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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #12419 on: July 21, 2020, 03:04:08 pm »
Within the first week or so at a new school the coteacher asked me for my waygook account info ......

To which the correct response would have been, "What's that?"

Don't give coworkers your log-in info for anything. Ever.