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STLP DPOJ is intended to celebrate the creation of original products by students. If another person’s work is utilized, it must be done so with express permission from the copyright holder or come with a Creative Commons (or other) open use license. In other words, if your student didn’t make it, they should include copies of permission provided by the copyright holder to prove they are allowed to use the work.
All permissions and attributions should be included, in detail, as part of the Process documentation submitted for the product or within the credits included in the product. Simply citing a source does not permit use of copyrighted materials. Process documentation can be an MS Word doc, Google doc, or hosted .PDF file shared online with a link for easy, direct, access by judges.
Note that a 0 score from judges for Copyright on any DPOJ rubric immediately disqualifies the product from the competition. Help your students avoid a heartbreaking situation by helping make sure they use all original work as part of STLP DPOJ.
URL links to entires should point directly to the student product.
While make schools choose to curate all of their DPOJ entries on one webpage or within one shared online folder, links submitted in the registration should be a one-to-one match with the product it represents…not a link to the general page/folder llisting all products for a school. Judges should be given the direct link.
If the link you submit points to a general page/shared folder and the judges are forced to search for the specific product they are attempting to judge, they may elect to not score the product.
Finally, check all links to products before submitting your DPOJ Registration. Check from home, check from various devices, etc. All sharing permissions should be set to viewable by the public and no passwords or permissions should need to be requested by judges. In fact, if they can not access a product, judges have the option to simply not score the product. Checking your links is vital to the success of your student’s products!
MAKE ACCESSING YOUR STUDENT PRODUCTS AS EASY ON THE JUDGES AS POSSIBLE!