Communicate 1 – Communication Laws

Answer: How can one refrain from violating FERPA and TCPA guidelines in online communication? What methods could be employed to verify that copyright is not being violated? Does copyright require that all work, images, words, and graphics must be original?

In order to refrain from violating FERPA, educators should not give out any personal information, such as grades, without prior permission of administration. This permission should be writing to document that authority was given. To refrain from violating TCPA, educators should refrain from using automated dialing equipment without the prior written consent of the recipients. 

To ensure that copyright is not being violated, both educators and students should be familiar with copyright laws. An infographic that could be easily referred may be a helpful resource. Both educators and students also need to know that copyright is directly correlated to plagiarism since the use of someone else’s materials may infringe upon the copyright of that individual. Upon using another’s materials, you must consider your purpose or intent, the audience, and what section is being used. In some cases, some items can be used for educational and research purposes. The “Fair Use Act” allows teachers to use part of a work for classroom use. 




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