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Copyright: The Rights and Wrongs


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

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  • 1. Copyright:The Rights and Wrongs
    MILI 2009
    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 plagiarism-proofing assignments help with copyright concerns?
    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. The MILI Copyright Wiki
  • 16. Copyright Scenarios
  • 17. Copyright Scenario Checklist
  • 18. Scenario example
  • 19. The MILI Copyright Wiki
  • 20. District Copyright Policies
  • 21. The MILI Copyright Wiki
  • 22. 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
  • 23. 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
  • 24. 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
  • 25. Plagiarism Proofing Assignments
  • 26. 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!