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A slightly modified copyright presentation for a different school district in the MILI program

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    • Copyright:The Rights and Wrongs
      MILI 2009
      LeAnn Suchy, Metronet
    • 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 plagiarism-proofing assignments help with copyright concerns?
      How do we teach media literacy?
    • 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.
    • 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:
    • 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:
    • 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:
    • What is fair use?
      Reproduction of some of a work may be considered “fair use” when used for:
      News reporting
      Criticism / Comment
      Scholarship / Research
    • 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:
    • Good example of fair use
    • 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
    • Public domain example
    • 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:
    • 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:
    • Search the Creative Commons
    • The MILI Copyright Wiki
    • Copyright Scenarios
    • Copyright Scenario Checklist
    • Scenario example
    • The MILI Copyright Wiki
    • District Copyright Policies
    • The MILI Copyright Wiki
    • Plagiarism & Copyright
      Let’s revisit plagiarism again
      Plagiarism and copyright can go hand in hand
      Students who don’t know how to cite copyrighted material properly often commit plagiarism without meaning to.
      Teach proper citation styles and why students need to cite
    • Plagiarism & Media
      It is easier than ever to find and copy things on the web, so teaching media literacy is very important
      Watch the video on, and download, The Code of Best Practices in Fair Use in Media Education
      Fair Use for you and your students is defined, so read through the best practices and teach them to help avoid copyright infringement and plagiarism
    • Plagiarism Proofing Assignments
      Revisit the idea of LPP (Low Probability of Plagiarism) projects
      LPP projects:
      Give students choices
      Ask for narratives rather than just a restatement of the facts
      Involve a variety of finding activities
      Tend to be more hands-on
      Answer real questions
    • Plagiarism Proofing Assignments
    • Between now and our meeting…
      Look at the Copyright Wiki and try editing a page
      Take another look at the Plagiarism Proofing Assignments information. Any new assignment you can analyze?
      Look at and watch the video for the Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Media Literacy Education – linked under Month 4 resources.
      Look at the Independent Learning Instructions under Month 4 for more self-paced learning and blogging inspiration…and BLOG!