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Monday, October 29, 2012

November Free Game for YOU

What a week of weather it was.  We have gone from beautiful 80 degree days early in the week, with foliage so intense in it's beauty that it almost hurt your eyes, to the leaves dropping off overnight as the temps dropped into the 30's. Now today we are in a winter weather advisory and there is snow on the mountain tops. Our local forecast calls for snow today and tomorrow so I fear the kids will be Trick or Treating in the snow.  I love living where I can enjoy all four seasons....I just don't like going from summer to winter overnight.

Sorry, I just had to share that with you, even though it has absolutely nothing to do with this post.  Today's post is all about the 2 FUN games for November.  It is a generic game like  I typically make. It is open-ended and can be used with any task you are doing...speech or language. You select the task for the day and I supply the the FUN.  One is FREE, and the other is for sale at a very, very reasonable price.  Both of these games can be found at my TpT store.

 Here's a sample of the FREEBIE Gathering Nuts ... In this quick play card game you are gathering nuts.   You can download it for free here:


The next little game that I have put up for sale is "It's Turkey Time!"  A seasonal quick play game for motivation and maintaining interest in therapy. Players collect cards to be the first to gather everything they need to have their Thanksgiving feast!   It is $2, that's all just $2 and here's a sample of it.


I would love for you to leave a comment. Just as I share with you I hope you will share with me and others! Besides you know I love to hear from you guys :)

Use these to put FUN in your therapy this week!

Monday, October 22, 2012

NEW Stores

I am so excited to announce this morning that I have just opened a new store                                          

Here you can buy most of the wonderful products we sold as 2 Gals Speech Products.   Leah will have her store up and open soon too!  I'll announce her launch when she gets it going. 

I have opened my store through Teachers Pay Teachers.   Let me just briefly tell you about TpT.  It is an open marketplace where teachers buy, sell, and share their created teaching materials and ideas.  Speech Therapist have started getting in on this brilliant venue for marketing their wares, too! Your original ideas can be sold as digital downloads or as hard copies.  There are 3 levels at which you can participate:
  • a FREE membership where you can make purchases
  • a BASIC membership where you can buy or sell your own original ideas
  • a PREMIUM membership where you can buy or sell but receive a greater return
Want to know more?  My friend, Mary Huston, will be posting an informative blog all about TpT  and SLPs who have stores there on her blogsite, very soon.

I will be adding new items as I create them, as well as, bringing back some items we had previously eliminated from the 2 Gals store, like Spinner Games and Seasonal Games.    

But to get you started today, go to my store and download a very fun HALLOWEEN Card Game for FREE.  

I hope to have a free game each month so be sure to follow me there and you'll receive a monthly notification!  You'll never miss a timely game.

Have a great week!

Monday, October 15, 2012

Copyrights: A Word to the Wise

Hello, Hello!  Have I been gone long enough for you to miss me?  Well, I sure have missed you guys! I said in a previous post that I would pop in from time to time with a new post.  Guess what?  Today is one of those days.

In a recent conversation with another SLP,  I was once again reminded that not all SLPs understand copyright law and at best simply have the wrong understanding of how far they can go without infringing upon someone's copyright.  In recent months, I've had someone pass off one of our games as their own and publicly accept compliments for the "wonderful idea!"  In talking with this other SLP I learned the same scenario had happened to her, but from a different individual. So that is what brings about today's post on copyrights.  I fear this same scenario will play out many times as we begin to incorporate technology into our daily lives.

I will begin by sharing with you the site where you can read all about copyright law for yourself  Please read the information there before even thinking of "reusing" ideas from someone else.   For my purpose in today's blog I will only be highlighting a couple of points for you.  It is my hope that these two points alone will help you gain a better understanding and keep you from getting in trouble simply from ignorance of the law.

First, what is a copyright? Here is how Wikipedia defines it:
"A copyright is a law that gives the owner of a written document, musical composition, book, picture, or other creative work, the right to decide what other people can do with it. Copyright laws make it easier for authors to make money by selling their works. Because of copyright, a work can only be copied if the owner of the copyright gives permission.
People who copy or edit a work that is protected under copyright without permission can be punished by the law, usually with a fine. In other, more serious cases, a person who copies a work that is protected under copyright could be arrested and go to prison."
The owner(s) of a copyright has exclusive rights to the following: or to put this in a way that you will understand it better let's say YOU the SLP DO NOT HAVE THE RIGHT TO DO THE FOLLOWING: (taken from the US Copyright Office Title 17 Sections 105 & 106 but paraphrased by me.

You do NOT have the right
  1. to reproduce the copyrighted material 
  2. to create other works based upon the copyrighted material
  3. to distribute copies of the work to the public by sales or rental, lease, transfer of ownership, or lending
  4. to perform the copyrighted work publicly
  5. to display it publicly
I am sorry but as innocent as you may think what you are doing is you cannot simply "adapt" someone else's copyrighted material.  (referring to item #2 up there) Nor can you use parts of it in a newly created work of your own.  And let me point out that using it in a blog post without permission or credit is illegal. (item #5 and #3)

I think there is a gross misunderstanding by many that as long as you aren't selling it you aren't breaking the copyright law.  Go back and read that DO NOT list again. You can not take another person's copyrighted material and give it away as your own either.

Let me also caution you that just because you find something on Pinterest or anywhere you may find it on the internet, that does not give you the legal right to reproduce or edit it.  Just because something is displayed publicly on the internet does not make copyright law null and void, nor does it make it fair game for your use.  Be careful of what you are doing.  As the use of technology increases in our daily lives we are going to have to become more knowledgeable about copyright law. 

How long does a copy right last? (taken from US Copyright Office Title 17 Section 302)
"Copyright in a work created on or after January 1, 1978, subsists from its creation and endures for a term consisting of the life of the author and 70 years after the author's death.  In the case of a joint work prepared by two or more authors who did not work for hire, the copyright endures for a term consisting of the life of the last surviving author and 70 years after such last surviving author's death."

I want to make sure everyone understands that just because 2 Gals Speech Products is no longer a functioning business does not mean the copyrights we hold are no longer effective.  Leah and I own the copyrights and they will remain in effect for 70 years after we die or we sell them.  

It is important to note that if you are the author of a work it does not have to be registered with the US Copyright Office for copyright law to be upheld.  You only have to prove that you created the work first.

So please be very care with what you are posting in your blogs and the materials you are creating.  And by all means, if you are going to use something that belongs to someone else, cite your source and when people thank you for that "wonderful idea" don't take credit for it.  Give credit to the author.

One more thought, when the owner of a copyright updates the copyrighted item that certainly does not make the original version fair game for copying.

Hope this helps you stay out of trouble!