Digital Citizenship Overview
O Click the link below to view a video about
the definition of digital citizenship.
Digital Citizenship Overview #1
Digital Citizenship Overview #2
The basics of copyright can be understood
by students in all grades, K-12:
O Do not take what is not yours
O Ask before you borrow or use
O Give credit to the person(s) who created it
O According to the United States Patent and
Trademark Office, " Intellectual Property is
a broad term used to identify any product
of the human intellect that has commercial
value." This includes logos, films,
computer software, inventions, music and
O Copyright laws are intended to protect the
creators of original works, including
literary, dramatic, musical, artistic, and
other intellectual works.
O Whenever you create any work, you
automatically own the copyright to it, and
control the use that is made of the work.
O A limitation to copyright, in an educational
setting, is the doctrine of fair use
FAIR USE DOCTRINE
Fair use of a copyrighted work for purposes
such as criticism, satire, comment, reporting,
teaching, scholarship, or research, is not an
infringement of copyright.
O Fair use applies to materials used for
educational purposes in an educational
institution. If the use of the work cuts into the
commercial market for the work, it may not be
O Educational use, brevity, spontaneity, affect on
the commercial market need to be
1. You may make a single photocopy of any material you need
to do your schoolwork, or for your own personal research. You
may keep the copies you make as long as you like, but you
may not sell them, nor may you make copies of your copies.
2. You may use up to 30 seconds of a popular song in a
presentation for class. The music you use should be played
from legitimately purchased or borrowed recordings, or
recorded off the air.
3. You may use copyrighted material to do your schoolwork,
but if you use an author's ideas or images, you must give the
author credit, either in the text or in a footnote, with a citation.
Failure to give credit to the author is plagiarism. If you use
extensive amounts of a single work, you must obtain
permission from the copyright owner.
4. Use of copyrighted materials outside of regular class work
requires written permission of the copyright holder. This
includes graphic material such as cartoon characters, audio,
DOWNLOADING AUDIO AND VIDEO
O Downloading, copying, or sharing music,
movies, photos without the creator's
permission is illegal.
O When downloading, use sites that have
permission of the artists, or are copyright
The music and movie industries have
sued individuals for illegal downloading in
an effort to stop the practice.