Tuesday, 7 August 2012

Cease and Desist - a Solution?

As I hop between blogs, I see some of the most wonderful, creative resources. I never fail to be amazed at the creativity and skill that you all show. So it was a huge disappointment to hear about the Cease and Desist letter sent to TPT in June instructing them to remove all resources involving Daily 5, CAFE, Angry Birds, Pete the Cat etc.

I can understand how the owners of this material must feel - I'd hate to see my work being paraded and passed off by others as their own. However, in the case of many teaching resources on TPT or TN, whilst they may be wearing the banner of Daily 5 or Pete the Cat or Harry Potter or anything else, the resources themselves are original and are there to support the methodology and appeal to children. OK, it may amount to the same thing, but we all know that we get the best out of children by sparking their interest through the familiar or the fantastic and definitely the popular, and sometimes a jingle, slogan and yes, a cartoon character like Mickey Mouse or, dare I say it, Barney (..!), can do just that more effectively than any text book or lesson plan.

Cease and Desist is a pretty hot potato at the moment. It makes our job much tougher and we all have to be on our toes when it comes to what we can and can't use in our work. I remember reading an email from someone at TPT a few months ago (try as I might, I just can't seem to find the thing...) encouraging us to go out and build up a bank of original images that we could use without fear of receiving a Cease and Desist letter. What a great idea! So here you go - my first offering. I've scoured my photo gallery and put together my first packet of photos - settings and characters. Use them as you wish - writing prompts, story starters or just display them (they would make a great bulletin board display if you are learning about the UK..). Copyright remains with me, but I guarantee you won't be receiving a Cease and Desist...

Click the image for Teachers Notebook or here for TPT.

I have another pack of photos in the pipeline, this time summer flowers. Do get in touch and let me know what you think, and your views on Cease and Desist.

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