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Copyright: Rights and Wrongs


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Slightly updated copyright presentation for the MILI teacher/media specialist training program.

Slightly updated copyright presentation for the MILI teacher/media specialist training program.

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  • 1. Copyright:The Rights and Wrongs
    MILI 2010-11
    LeAnn Suchy, Metronet
  • 2. Why talk about copyright?
    What does it mean to be a content creator in today’s world?
    What does it mean to have content so accessible in today’s world?
    Can attempting to make assignments plagiarism-proof help?
    How do we teach media literacy?
  • 3. What is copyright?
    A form of protection that gives the creator of an original work the exclusive right to publish and distribute that work.
    Copyright is automatic, though the U.S. Copyright Office suggests you register for legal reasons.
    Copyright only lasts a certain amount of time, though for some works one can request a renewal of copyright.
    After it’s out of copyright the work enters the public domain.
  • 4. What does copyright protect?
    Literary works (which can include computer software)
    Musical works, including accompanying words
    Dramatic works, including accompanying music
    Pantomimes & choreographic works
    Pictorial, graphic, & sculptural works
    Motion pictures & other audiovisual works
    Sound recordings
    Architectural works
    Taken from U.S. Copyright Office “Copyright Basics” PDF:
  • 5. What is not protected by copyright?
    Works that have not been fixed in a tangible form of expression (choreographic works that have not been notated or recorded)
    Titles, names, short phrases, and slogans; familiar symbols or designs; mere variations of typographic ornamentation, lettering, or coloring
    Ideas, procedures, methods, systems, processes, concepts, principles, discoveries, or devices, as distinguished from a description, explanation, or illustration
    Works consisting entirely of information that is common property and containing no original authorship (standard calendars, tape measures and rulers, lists or tables taken from public documents)
    Taken from U.S. Copyright Office “Copyright Basics” PDF:
  • 6. What is not protected by copyright?
    Your sighting of Elvis
    However, copyright will protect your picture or depiction of your Elvis sighting
    Info taken from the U.S. Copyright Office
    FAQs page:
    Image from Library of Congress:
  • 7. What is fair use?
    Reproduction of some of a work may be considered “fair use” when used for:
    News reporting
    Criticism / Comment
    Scholarship / Research
  • 8. Limitations of fair use
    Fair use is not an exact science
    Any guidelines set up by organizations are not a part of Copyright Law
    These factors should be considered when determining fair use:
    The purpose and character of the use
    The nature of the copyrighted work
    The amount of the work that will be used
    The effect of the use upon the market value of the copyrighted work
    Factors from U.S. Copyright Office Fair Use page:
  • 9. Good example of fair use
  • 10. What is the public domain?
    Content no longer owned or controlled by anyone. Items in the public domain may be freely:
    …used for any purpose you’d like without having to get permissions from any copyright owner
  • 11. Public domain example
  • 12. What’s the Creative Commons?
    Free licenses you add to your copyrighted work making it easier to share and allow other people to build upon your work
    Multiple difference licenses exist:
  • 13. Creative Commons licensed work
    Look for Creative Commons licensed work to use and/or build upon
    Look for symbols like the one on our MILI wiki:
  • 14. Search the Creative Commons
  • 15.
  • 16. Copyright Scenarios
  • 17. Copyright Scenario Checklist
  • 18. Between now and our meeting…
    Look at the Copyright Wiki and read some of the Copyright Scenarios. Post your thoughts about a few of them.
    Look at and watch the video for the Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Media Literacy Education – linked under Month 8 resources.
    Look at the other Assignments under Month 8 and blog!