I hope that teachers will feel free to teach their classes "in
partnership" with this site. By that I mean, go ahead and use
www.lifeprint.com (ASL University) as the text for your course instead of
requiring your students to purchase expensive books and materials.
Also, for you website developers out there, I don't mind people using
of my images or a couple of my articles as long as they do it in good taste
and provide a "linkback."
Allow me to extend to you a general license to use the original material
from this site and define the methods in which the material may be used:
1. You may use the Lifeprint
/ ASL University curriculum to teach your own in-person classes.
You may post links to any of my sites: Lifeprint.com http://asl.ms
http://asl.gs http://asl.bz (or any others).
3. You may download (copy and paste) the practice sheets and other
information and store them on your computer or your school's computers. You may
manipulate the information electronically, adjust the material to match
your teaching style or lesson requirements, and make printouts for your
in-person students or send the information to them in emails. You may NOT repost more than a few pages
of my information or curriculum to a publicly accessible network
without my specific permission. Instead just link to lifeprint.com directly.
4. You may NOT "re-sell"
my material (material from this site) for a profit, but you MAY
repackage the material in printed form, inform students where to find the original material,
and charge students for normal and ordinary copying expenses.
5. You may copy and paste a few
articles or other information from this
website into your own website, but only if in good taste, (as judged by me). If you post
Lifeprint information to your website,
please be so kind as to link back.
Here is the suggested html code for linking back:
Or, just copy and paste this. I made it small so it
won't take up a lot of room on your page:
(For more American Sign Language (ASL) resources check out Lifeprint.com)
6. You may electronically post up to thirty (20) of my graphics
as long as you link the graphics
back to http://Lifeprint.com or put a
live link from the credit to my site. You may not alter the
electronically posted graphics. No "photoshopping" them. The graphics must be displayed in good taste
(as judged by me).
Suppose you are making handouts that utilize information from this
website. You could put a 8-point or larger type-font notice at the top or bottom of the page stating: "Material courtesy of Bill Vicars and www.lifeprint.com" or "Material this page modified from www.lifeprint.com" or "For more ASL-related material, visit
www.lifeprint.com." (Use any of those statements or come up with a
similar statement.) Here are two very simple methods:
"© 2004, www.Lifeprint.com. Adapted by permission."
"© 2004, www.Lifeprint.com. Used by
I think it is great if someone wants to use the
material here to help facilitate the teaching of ASL classes. If you
want to download and print out the lessons, lesson plans, and/or ASL-related
graphics then copy them and sell the copies to your students for the same
amount you paid--that's great! If you want to sell the copies for more
than the copying costs--that is not acceptable. Write your own book.
you "did" write your own book, want to sell it for a profit, and
want to use my graphics, you can use a few (up to 20) signs from this site (giving
conspicuous credit) without asking further permission. If you want to
use more than 20 signs well then you'd best plan on getting permission
If you are a reporter or general writer and just
need a few signs to spice up your article for publication, go
ahead. Make sure to give
Note: A very small amount of material at this
site consists of excerpts from texts that I have reviewed and recommend to
my students. Such excerpts are copyrighted by others and such being the case
you'd best contact the current copyright holders if you plan on using such
material in a manner other than that which is protected by the "Fair
Also, if you feel there are changes that should be made to the
curriculum (for example, you feel that a certain "practice sentence" should be
modified)--let me know and chances are I will modify the sentence right away. That is the beauty of an online curriculum, it is very flexible.
In a message dated 7/8/2002 12:01:05 PM Pacific Daylight Time, an
Legal question for you...
I am using your materials as the basis for a short one-week, 5 hr. class for kids. I reformatted it and changed a couple things around (wrote another story at the end of the lesson, added a few topics to discuss, couple vocab. items).
Am I giving you the right credit by putting the copyright symbol and
notation at the bottom?
Is there another acknowledgment you'd like me to use?
I have only worked with Lesson 1 so far. For Lesson 2, I plan to change the stories a bit but keeping with the same basic set of vocabulary.
I want to be certain to give you the proper credit for your work.
I'm flexible. The way you put it is fine. [She sent an example of her
copyright notation that included my name].
Another way to put it might be:
"© 2004, www.Lifeprint.com. Adapted by permission."
Make it relatively small (10pts or so). I want students to focus on your handout, not the credit line.
Good luck with your class.
Have a nice week.
In a message dated 7/9/2002 4:39:28 AM Pacific Daylight Time, an instructor writes:
I'll make the changes you suggest.:) I was a bit hesitant to put the web address down on the page. I have it in several places on my initial letter to parents. I was hesitant because I wasn't sure if you would want people accessing the site and just trying to learn the language by looking at the pictures without any other direction. We both know what potential problems that might be (wink).... signs going in opposite directions, wrong handshapes, people claiming to know the language and trying to 'teach' others.
I have nooooooo problem putting the web address on the page as you've suggested after reading your comments.
Thanks for allowing me to do so.
I came to the decision a while back that it is better for a newbie to learn "imperfect"
ASL, get hooked, fall in love with the Deaf community, and eventually get straightened out--than to never learn ASL at all and never become involved with the community.
In a message dated 6/7/2003 1:44:15 PM Central Daylight Time, yyanay@
Your site is really interesting for my project. I am developing a demo
lesson plan for a single ASL unit ... as my final
project at the Persons School Masters in Teaching with Internet Technologies
program. The site will provide an example to be used eventually (in a fully
developed course) as online support materials and course module for an ASL
course for hearing HS students which is delivered via high speed
videoconference (VILN) by teachers at the Austine School for the Deaf in VT.
Many pages on your site are highly relevant to our lesson plan, and we would
sure link our students to some of your pages, credit, and thank you for
allowing that. By reading your permissions page it seems you are very
generous and fair in allowing teachers to hard copy and distribute your
content, yet our web pages are not meant to be used in hard copies. I was
wondering about re-distribution online - would you permit using some of the
text on your pages on our pages (with full owner's copyright notice and link
to original page)? We do not wish to edit the text but use portions of it as
We'd like not to overwhelm students with resources but rather provide well
targeted content, we are also using small QT video clips to demonstrate
signs and do not feel it is necessary to refer students to still images of
I will understand if you chose not to allow copy/paste of your text on other
pages. In that case we will consider instructing students exactly which
portions of text on your pages to read, but that might be a little too
confusing for them. Or, as you suggest, write our own content.
In any case I would like to thank you for your current generosity.
I'd like to mention that the course is currently my final project for school
but is meant to be used this coming fall with active students, and when that
takes place the content will be posted only for the duration of the
instruction. Participating schools will not be charged for content, but will
be charged for the cost of the ISDN lines facilitating the high speed
Well, looks like its time for me to have an online distribution policy eh?
Look this over and tell me if you think it needs any changes:
Lifeprint Online Distribution Policy:
Other websites and distributors of electronic media may copy and paste
selections of information from Lifeprint.com / ASL University into their own
pages according to the following guidelines:
If you are putting together your own online class and want to include
small portions of this site go ahead.
Websites and other electronic media must provide an active "clickable"
hyperlink back to Lifeprint.com. The link should go to Lifeprint.com rather
than/or in addition to a specific page--because from time to time the site
is reorganized and internal links may shift.
You may NOT "resell" material from this site, but you MAY repackage
portions of the material, give www.lifeprint.com conspicuous credit where it
is due, note any significant modifications you make to the original
material, inform students where to find the original material, then charge
students for normal and ordinary expenses. For example, if you want to
download portions of the website and then make copies of it for your
students you can charge them for normal copying costs.
Thank You Bill!
Your online distribution policy is more than fair. It certainly serves our
purpose very well, since it allows us to post small portions of your textual
content on our pages, thus providing learners with access to specific,
relevant content and relives them from following virtual browsing
instructions for external pages. We will certainly provide direct links,
under excerpts used on our pages, hyperlinking Copyright Lifeprint.com as well as thank you.
Although it may appear self-defeating, I would like to demonstrate my
appreciation to your policy and ask you to consider the following in order
to protect your rights:
- further specify "small portions" (maybe by defining percentage of your
pages that may be copied and posted on hosting sites or by defining word
count per excerpt per page on hosting sites)
- limit the duration the excerpts may be posted (to the duration of
instruction related to the excerpt)
- ask that text excerpts, from top to bottom, not be internally edited
or modified in any way yet allow to post text chunks users see right to
excerpt for their purpose.
I wish there were more like you and like your policies online
I find that by treating people well and by honestly striving to
help others--they in turn treat me well and I end up having a great journey
because of it. Oh, sure, I get nailed once in a while, but the big picture
is really quite nice.
So, while I think your additional suggestions are
excellent, I'm going to keep the permissions flexible because I'd rather be
burned once in a while than for someone to miss out who would otherwise have
benefited from my efforts.
Take care, and good luck with your program.
In a message dated 7/23/2003 10:19:45 AM Central Daylight Time,
I am an ASL teacher as well as a Grad Student in NYC. This summer I took an
Integrate Web Publish Class Curriculum course using Dream Weaver. I have a
final project of creating a small website for my professor; I am working on
creating a simple ASL website for students in a particular level. There are
some pictures and information from your site that I would like to use in my
website just for my professor. This would save a lot of my time in creating
signs, etc. What do you suggest I do? Or shall I simple insert "© 2003,
www.Lifeprint.com. Adapted by permission." (in my homepage)? Thank you.
Yes, you may go ahead and use a few of the pictures (up to fifty individual
signs and their accompanying picts) and some of the information (up to 10
articles). On your homepage and each page that you use my info just put
at the bottom or wherever. It doesn't need to be "BIG," just so as it is not
microscopic. Also, please make sure the www.Lifeprint.com part is an active
If you need "more" pics or articles, just email me back
and tell me what you need.
In a message dated 7/23/2003 9:24:09 AM Central Daylight Time, mshafhd@
I have been wanting to learn sign language and yesterday came across your
online class and have a few questions. I would first like to know if it is
ok to print any of the material out to study from. I am not sure where the
copyright laws come into play with your material.
I do not think I will be a registered student but I will be taking your
course and am excited to continue reading through the material and get
Yes, you may print it all out and study it for your personal use.
You may even print it out and make copies for your friends, neighbors,
associates, relatives, and coworkers.
The only trick is to not charge them more than the actual copying costs.
Take care and good luck with your studies.