Joseph James Holenko, #0888230, 08/29/2011
This entire process has been a learning experience for me. I have learned a lot of new things that I have never known before. It has also taught me to always look over my decision another time to make sure I am doing the right thing, cause obliviously I did not do the right thing in this case.
Copyright is a very important law the requires citizens or students to gain permission to use anything that the business, or university in this case owns as intellectual property. It is something that is taken very serious in the United States and it must be followed through with for even the “minor” things. There are certain exceptions for obtaining a copyright release from a business. The most known exception that is very important at NDSU is that if it's used for educational or learning purposes, there is no need to obtain a copyright release. This isn't just acceptable at NDSU, but throughout the entire country.
I learned that NDSU takes copyright very seriously otherwise I would not be writing this essay at this very moment. I understand why it is important because it could affiliate the school with the wrong things and give students and the public the wrong view of the school. This could hurt the school's reputation and it could lose money because students or parents could see it as the “wrong school for me.” With my t-shirt that I designed and distributed to students, it could have been viewed as the school is supporting partying and maybe in some cases drinking alcohol. Many people would have seen this offensive if they would have seen that the t-shirt was affiliated with NDSU.
If this were to be done again by me, I would change how I would have gone through the whole process. If I were to want the NDSU or North Dakota State University printed on t-shirts that I was selling I would have to go to a board and submit my idea before them and have it approved. If I were to create a...
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