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Clarifying Copyright: Using Images and Music in Our Classrooms

Clarifying Copyright: Using Images and Music in Our Classrooms

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  • Why are we here: goal is to get you to start asking more questions about how you and your students use copyrighted materials in the classroom.
  • Whole Room Discussion: What is it? What purpose does it serve? Why should we care? How does it come into play in your classrooms?
  • Sky is the limit, close the door, hyper-comply Put yourself in a category…show of hands
  • What does this mean? Founders believed that encouraging the development of new ideas and information benefits society. The core purpose is to PROMOTE creativity and the spread of knowledge.
  • Protects books, movies, music paintings, photographs, websites, images, videogames, performances, architecture, software Owners have the exclusive right to do and to authorize others to: Reproduce work Distribute work Perform or display work publically Create derivative works
  • Does Fair Use mean anything to you? When does it apply?
  • Going through this decision making process is all about CRITICAL THINKING. The copyright guidelines that you see many versions of (30 seconds of music or video, etc) limit decision making because they appear to TELL US what we can and cannot do.
  • Option to license through CC Demo search through CC and explain how to find copyright info and attribution info


  • 1. Clarifying Copyright: Using Images and Music in Our Classrooms February 12, 2010
  • 2.  
  • 3. When things get confusing…
  • 4. “ To promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts, by securing for limited Times to Authors and Inventors the exclusive Right to their respective Writings and Discoveries;” U.S. Constitution - Article 1 Section 8
  • 5. Copyright Act of 1976, Section 106
  • 6. Copyright Act of 1976, Section 107 DOCTRINE OF FAIR USE
  • 7. Fair Use for Media Education
  • 8. Interpreting Fair Use
    • Purpose of the use
    • Nature of the copyrighted work
    • Amount used from the original work
    • Effect of the use on the market
  • 9. Key Questions to Ask
    • Did the use transform the material from the copyrighted work by using it for a different purpose , or did it repeat the work for the same intent and value?
    • Was the material taken appropriate in kind and amount, considering the nature of the copyrighted work and of the use?
  • 10. Upper Merion High School 9 th Grade Biology, 2008
  • 11. Fair Use or Not? The Good Girl Michael Jordon
  • 12. Case & Scenario Discussions
    • Think About The…
    • Purpose of the use
    • Nature of the copyrighted work
    • Amount used from the original work
    • Effect of the use on the market
  • 13. This sure looks like a copy to me… The artist could have saved himself trouble and legal fees by getting permission to use the original photo for a derivative work. - Diana Transformative derivative works are not “theft.” Criminalizing the use of art to create new and substantially different art is not beneficial to artists; just the opposite, in fact.” - Adam
  • 14. Make Your Own
    • Create an multimedia-based introduction for the next topic or unit you are teaching.
    • You must use images (and music, if you choose) that you feel meet Fair Use guidelines.
    • Present this introduction through PowerPoint, Photostory, a wiki, Microsoft Word, paper collage or some other tool.
    • Explore the resources on
  • 15. Share
  • 16. Creative Commons Licenses nonprofit that increases sharing and improves collaboration
  • 17. Using Advanced Search Functions Yahoo
  • 18. Ticket Out
    • Please list the following:
    • 3 – Facts that you have learned today
    • 2 – Ways you will apply this to your classroom
    • 1 – Question you still have