Last week, Ed Bott hosted an interesting poll on his ZDNet blog regarding digital ethics. The poll, entitled "When is it OK to copy digital media," has received a fair share of attention from his readers. I thought it would be interesting to see where we (as primarily an educational community) stand on these issues - especially in comparison to the readers of Ed's blog. Anyway, here's my version of the poll (ten quick questions). Have at it, feel free to share, and we'll see how we stack up.

I'll reserve my take on digital media ethics until after I let you respond.

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Comment by Jeremy Aldrich on October 25, 2007 at 7:23am
The last few questions, "does it make a difference if...", may be asking something different than what you intend to answer. If I answered yes to the first question and then said it doesn't make a difference for the other two questions (i.e., they're also okay to do), how do you tell that what I'm saying is different from someone who says no to the first question and says it doesn't make a difference for the other two (i.e. they're also NOT okay to do)?

That last sentence I wrote should be taken out and shot, but I think you understand what I mean.
Comment by Jennifer Koch Lubke on October 28, 2007 at 1:44pm

I think some of the questions are a little confusing too, as noted by Jeremy. But, all in all, this is a timely topic in light of the recent release of a report that basically indicates teachers are very ill-informed about copyright and fair use.

Your survey is valuable in that it starts up a dialog -- I'm looking forward to your follow up. I took the survey and plan to share it in my blog, but is there an open window for replying or will you cut off the survey and share results at some point in the near future?

You may want to consider leaving it up through the week of Nov. 5-9. That's media literacy awareness week (in Canada), and copyright is a huge issue among media educators, too.


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