Copyright was established in order to protect the work of an author, artist, performer, etc. This allows the creator to penalize somebody for copyright infringement as this term means that the creator can publish their work and one would not copy their own work unauthorized.
There are two viewpoints: copyright laws need to be stricter and copyright laws are outdated and hinder the creativeness. I agree with the first point where copyright laws needs to be tougher because it has been around sometime where it stayed the same through time but out in the world, we had many upgrades technological wise and communication wise, where it has become more easier for one to copy or infringe one's work with going unnoticed. The social platforms we have today allow this to happen as "...the sharing by regular folks who have not considered, or worried about, the repercussions of copying a photograph or news article and pasting it on their blog or Facebook page." which is perfectly stated in UT News. I agree with this statement as everyday there are new accounts created on social medias and more younger children create them now than in the past and it is most likely that they are not aware about copyright but that could also go for older kids and adults who are not aware of it and the repercussions one can have if they do copy a work of a creator.
This issue affects schools since the schools should start informing students about copyright from early on because the students need to know how not to commit copyright infringement as social media makes this act very accessible but not informative about it along with how schools informing will allow less plagiarism and copyright occurring and WhoIsHostingThis sums this up along with giving a complete guideline to students about copyright which is very helpful and informative. Fair use and creative commons relates to my point as they both help out the public with copyright work as the fair use is the legal doctrine that can help figure out which copyright materials can be fairly used while creative commons allows the distribution of works, that would be covered by copyright, freely. These two terms help out the people who want to use a part of a work of a creator or use free work that one can use without worrying about copyright infringement which relates back to my view point on how copyright needs to be stricter because these are ways that one can go around copyright and they could be abused as it is also has been around for a while now and needs to be retouched in order to accommodate to the improving society.
“Copyright Explained For Students: Don't Get Caught Out.” WhoIsHostingThis.com, 29 Oct. 2019, www.whoishostingthis.com/resources/student-copyright/.
Jr, David H. Donaldson. “After 40 Years, Copyright Law Needs To Be Tweaked.” UT News, 17 Aug. 2018, news.utexas.edu/2018/01/08/after-40-years-copyright-law-needs-to-be-tweaked/.
"Mirrors, Windows, and Sliding Glass Doors" in reference to literature means how one can see their own selves in a work of literature but also seeing other perspectives along with experiencing it at their best ability from the piece of literature as this concept was described in the YouTube video, "Mirrors, windows, and sliding doors". Recognizing and actively exploring each of these aspects in the books we read help us become better human beings by knowing the different types of lives and perspectives that are out there in the world that we might never encounter or face because it’s across the continent or simply because one does not know about it. Knowing about issues or other views on topics and lives helps one become knowledgeable causing them to make a change or spread the word about so other people can also learn and reflect on it and see what changes they can make within themselves or among their surroundings.
The book Abuela by Arthur Dorros is about a little girl who is riding the bus with her grandmother and she starts to imagine her and her grandmother flying above New York City and just observing things and spending time together. This book offers a mirror, window, and sliding glass door to me because I can see myself in this book because I also have a grandmother who I call abuela as I come from a Hispanic background and I have the same relationship with my grandmother as the main character - we are close, we talk in Spanish, and we like to go out together on adventures. The mirror is my reflection in the character, the window is that I can see her perspective on her adventures with her grandmother in her imagination, but also a sliding door because I get to see what they both see and their thoughts on it / how they feel during it. This book impacted me as a reader by helping me because it reminded me of my grandmother as right now she’s away in her home country, El Salvador, and so it made me not want to take her for granted since I started to reminisce and miss her and made me want to call her and show her some love as those moments are precious when spent with loved ones.
A book called The Invisible Boy by Trudy Ludwig has a summary of how Brian ("the invisible boy") has always been alone as nobody wants / is his friend, nobody plays with him, or even how no one invites him to parties but that changes when a new student arrives, Justin, and Brian tries to make him feel welcome and in return Justin pairs up with him causing him to be pushed in the direction of attention and to his own spotlight where he is no longer the invisible boy. This book offers a mirror, window, and sliding glass door to me as it makes me see myself in this book because I also felt like Brian at one point in my life - invisible and didn’t have any friends to hang out with or pair up with in the early stages of my childhood when I was in school. The mirror occurs when I see myself within the main character, Brian, and how similar I am to him, the windows occur when I can see how Brian feels from an outside point of view and how he is affected by the environment and his classmates, and finally the sliding glass doors come to play when I can feel more of how Brian feels as the pictures throughout show actions that affect the characters towards him which creates sympathy for him from the reader (me) and his struggles. This book impacted me as a human by making me realize that it only takes one person to help someone out and make them feel better as they can end up being friends and so it makes me want to try and help out somebody who seems lonely and needs a friend and make their day.
The picture book of Each Kindness by Jacqueline Woodson is the story of how a girl named Chloe always turns away from the new girl, Maya, and always says no to her when she tries to play or be friends with her causing her to be alone and at times be made fun of but one day she stops going to school. The teacher gives a lesson on kindness and how it has a ripple effect and how it could change the world which sticks to Chloe as she realizes she missed the opportunity to be kind to Maya as she moved schools therefore the opportunity was lost. This offers me a mirror, window, and sliding glass door because I can see myself in this book because I learned kindness too at a young age like Chloe and wanted to use it on people all the time since I knew it makes a big difference even if it does not seem like it at the beginning. The mirror comes to play when I notice how I knew kindness and the importance of it early on like Chloe did, the window comes from me looking through the perspective of Maya as she becomes the new student who can't make friends for no reason at all yet she still tries regardless, then the sliding glass door plays out when I can feel how both Maya and Chloe felt as one was lonely and sad while the other realized her mistake and learned from it. The book caused an impact on me as reader by helping me realize not to wait and take every opportunity to be kind because you never know when someone will leave or the things they go through because soon enough it’ll become too late to do anything.
Dorros, Arthur. Abuela. Paw Prints, 2009.
Ludwig, Trudy, and Patrice Barton. The Invisible Boy. Alfred A. Knopf, 2013.
“Mirrors, Windows and Sliding Doors.” YouTube, YouTube, www.youtube.com/watch?v=_AAu58SNSyc.
Woodson, Jacqueline, and Earl B Lewis. Each Kindness. CNIB, 2013.
Many books are generally banned around the world. Each book has a reason that one may agree with or may not but the topics the book discusses are important ones that makes students more aware of things around them. I generally disagree with the banning and restricting of books as each book has a lesson learned or a moral of story that is quite important to know as it is not talked about much in school and it could bring awareness for people who did not know it was an issue. For example, many books are banned for either one of these reasons: body issues, LGBTQIA+ content, teen suicide, political or religious views, sexual references, profanity and/or violence.
A list of the top 10 most challenged books comes out every year starting from 2001. These lists come out at the American Library Association’s (ALA) website. A specific book that was banned in 2018 was Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher for the reason of addressing suicide. I do not agree with this ban/restriction of this book as it discusses about an important topic that isn’t known or spoken about a lot that could help many people understand the concept or at least become more aware about it. This book is also “...igniting conversations about suicide, bullying, and consent.” which was stated in the Banned Books Week’s website which also states other topics that are important for students to know as this is something that happens within life but many don’t see examples about it or know that it happens to other people too. In The Guardian’s website they talk about how there also is a Netflix adaptation of this book which caused many parents and teachers to want to ban the book as the show got a lot of criticism for the inclusion of suicide and mental health but the show does stray away from the book a bit and is much more graphic but it’s not a reason to ban the book as it is not as graphic as the show and still tackles the important issues.
Many libraries and librarians either agree or disagree with the banning of certain books even though in the final decision it is not their choice but they could always fight and advocate for the book to stay or go. I believe the responsibilities that libraries and librarians have with challenged books is to advocate for them to stay as in the Freedom to Read Statement addresses how it is librarians duty to provide the most diverse selection of books despite it being unpopular or dangerous by the majority and in the Library Bill of Rights it states how libraries should challenge censorship as their goal is to provide knowledge and awareness to new topics.
Admin. “Library Bill of Rights.” Advocacy, Legislation & Issues, 11 Feb. 2019, www.ala.org/advocacy/intfreedom/librarybill.
Admin. “The Freedom to Read Statement.” Advocacy, Legislation & Issues, 10 May 2018, www.ala.org/advocacy/intfreedom/freedomreadstatement.
Admin. “Top Ten Most Challenged Books Lists.” Advocacy, Legislation & Issues, 30 July 2019, www.ala.org/advocacy/bbooks/frequentlychallengedbooks/top10.
Banned Books Week, bannedbooksweek.org/banned-spotlight-thirteen-reasons-why/.
Flood, Alison. “Thirteen Reasons Why Tops Most Challenged Books List, amid Rising Complaints to US Libraries.” The Guardian, Guardian News and Media, 11 Apr. 2018,
I am Karen HP and a senior in Durham School of the Arts. This blog is for my learning development and new skill experience through out my final year of high school.