U.S. Constitution – The Copyright Act of 1976 is still the primary basis of copyright law in the United States
Protects intellectual property of the author
Components of Copyright Law of 1976
Spells out the rights of copyright holders
Explains terms of “fair use” For new copyrights the law adopts a usage term based on the author’s death rather than additional renewal terms
Copyholder’s Rights of 1976
The 1976 Act gave copyright holders rights to:
Reproduce their work
Write derivatives of their work
To sell, lease, or rent their work
To perform or display their work publicly
Copyright Act of 1976
Types of works protected:
Motion pictures and sound recordings among others
“Taking the Mystery Out of Copyright”
The following video is an example of copyright as it pertains to music.
Is it worth it?
Making media and sharing it with listeners, is essential to the development of critical thinking and communication skills.
People use their individual skills, beliefs, and experiences to construct their own meaning from media.
It is essential for student learning.
The Copyright Act of 1976 set forth these four specific guidelines for borrowers under Fair Use:
The purpose and character for which the material is intended The nature of the copyrighted work
The amount of the original work used
The effect of the use upon the market or potential market of the original work
Greater detail - Wikipedia Copyright Act of 1976
“ Fair Use For Educators”
The following YouTube video meets all of these criteria. The creator has used:
small portions of several works
for the purpose of education
has not caused financial distress for the original creator
Fair Use Video
TEACH Act of 2002
With the digital age came the need to address intellectual property on the Internet.
A Teacher was limited as to what she could
incorporate into her curriculum.
The Amendment of 2002 is called the
Technology, Education, and Copyright
Harmonization (TEACH) Act.
Evolution of the Law
Copyright Law of 1976 TEACH Act 2002
Image source Image Source Fair Use
The TEACH Act
The TEACH Act was written for the digital age.
It has changed the way we view education. The classroom is no longer four walls, a ceiling, and a floor.
Teachers benefit from the language included in the act since much of it is open to interpretation.
TEACH Act and You
This act directly involves distance education such as BlendedSchools that we utilize everyday here in our own district.
Within your classroom:
Any videos or music
Enter Creative Commons
a nonprofit organization that increases sharing and improves collaboration.
Its purpose is to share, remix, reuse legally.
Creative Commons licenses give you the ability to dictate how others may exercise your copyright rights as the author.
A Creative Commons license authorizes everyone who comes in contact with the work to use it consistent with the license.
CC license does not give you the ability to control anything outside of the Copyright Law.
Implications for Education
Teachers are bound by Copyright laws but to a lesser extent.
Fair Use and TEACH Act allow educators to use materials with specific conditions.
Creative Commons exits as a safe place for teachers to go and utilize material for the purposes of education.
Do not be afraid
Research and utilize resources like Creative Commons to your advantage
References Gaide, S. (2005). TEACH Act Update. Distance Education Report , 9 (1), 1-6. Retrieved from Academic Search Premier database. Media Education Lab, Initials. (n.d.). Code of best practices in fair use for media literacy education. Center for Social Media , Retrieved from http://centerforsocialmedia.org/medialiteracy
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Taking the Mystery Out of Copyright http://www. youtube .com/watch?v=zs9F9OczZLE&feature=related