Is it OK to "steal" pictures for school reports, etc?

Started May 20, 2013 | Discussions thread
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Re: No, it's not
In reply to MaxTux, May 21, 2013

MaxTux wrote:

(And it's not a matter of "stealing").

The sad reality is that this is common practice. Kids are actually encouraged to simply pick up images from whatever source they can and include that in their school projects. For some reason that I find very hard to understand, those evaluating such assignments would have no tolerance for including a piece of text not authored by the student, but doing the same with an image is somehow OK.

So I don't care about "stealing", I care about the system that conditions kids to have vastly different levels of authorship respect between the text and the images.

Asking a child to write their own essay with research is a bit different than asking a child to go take his own picture of a bald eagle.  Apples and oranges.

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