How can we ensure paid-for-resources, designed by teachers, does not become a headache for all involved?
It seems to be an annual summer event for me to blog about TES Resources. If you are a regular reader of my blog, you will be aware that I’ve not been happy with TES Resources for the past 2 years and I refuse to let this story go until there is a little justice in the world.
What’s Happened Now?
What’s happened now, you ask? Well, if you are a regular reader, skip down the blog until the ‘Then…’ section. If not, catch up below.
The full back-story is here which I won’t repeat, but this snapshot below is important reading;
- 2004 – 2008 – Uploaded 33 resources to the TES
- 2011 – I shared The 5 Minute Lesson Plan with TES Resources. It reaches over 500,000 views / 450,000 downloads / 140+ countries worldwide.
- May 2013 – I am nominated for a TES Award for sharing my classroom resources.
- July 2013 – I publish my own book; add a hyperlink on my blog from the TES which takes readers from TES to my blog and then to a bookstore.
- August 2013 – My own resources breach TES Resources Terms and Conditions despite exposing flaws and companies who advertise.
- August-September 2013 – Most of my TES Resources were adapted, downgraded or removed.
- August 2014 – I clarify here, why schools should pay for teacher resources, and advocate PPD should not be paid for by teachers.
- September 2013 – I share the first in a series of #Vamoose blogs; announcing how the TES are victimising innocent teachers.
- September 2013 – I attend a meeting at TES HQ with Ann Mroz and Lord Jim Knight to discuss my concerns and a Terms and Conditions overhaul.
- October 2013 – My meeting at TES HQ minutes which share what the TES will action and adapt in light of this scandal.
- November 2013 – I co-author a blog with Lord Jim Knight
- March 2014 – I tell the world and the TES that I am no longer using their site and start hosting my own resources on my own blog.
- July 2014 – Chief Executive Louise Rogers announces the TES are testing a beta site for teachers to sell and profit from their own resources.
- August – December 2014 – I continue to share my resources freely on my own website and also start sharing PPD.
- January 2015 – The TES start pushing PPD content. We go our separate ways …
- May 2015 – Despite failing to self-nominate myself for the TES Bloggers Award, I hear nothing about any TES Awards …
There was much more tumbleweed until I received this reply from @JByers, Director, Resources at TES;
” … I’m afraid the heart of the matter is this: ideas cannot be copyrighted … you don’t copyright the idea itself, you copyright the expression of an idea. When we get a report of a resource — free or paid — that violates someone’s copyright, we take it down immediately. In this case teachers have published resources that do use your great idea, but unfortunately your idea is not something that copyright can protect on TES or anywhere else.”
Then, there was more tumble-weed until this tweet appeared on my time-line via @MissBsResources. The tweet essentially exposes resources that have been plagiarised by others, and then sold on for profit. The resource has since been removed; the link is here.
Well firstly, the TES have respected the request of the teacher above (Danielle Bartram who also shares excellent resources – designed in her own time – and shared on her own website) and removed the resource designed by @Maths_Master; something they have yet to do for me, despite asking privately! I blog it here for attention and exposure of the inconsistencies. A large company such as the TES, should not allow this to happen. Here is the link again and the screen-shot below of the removed resource;
Here is a link to resources being used that are an infringement of my idea / an idea under copyright in this book which features my TakeAwayHmk idea – published in September 2013. It is also published on this blog.
Does this issue breach my own copyright licence? Particularly Take Away Homework which is copyright material of Bloomsbury Books. Could a legal battle ensue between these two giants with little-old me in the middle? Read Copyright dos and donts for teachers in school. It’s vital reading!
As for me, if will not share resources on the TES website – especially without my consent – If they will be downgraded, manipulated or used for profit and my intellectual property is not protected. At the meeting I last had at TES HQ in September 2013, Moral Rights could never be protected, but Intellectual Property was agreed when I met with Jim Knight and Ann Mroz.
It seems this is not the case.
I wonder how Teachers Pay Teachers do it in the USA? More to follow, I’m sure …