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  • Copyright issues have been addressed by our federal government for over 100 years. In fact, the United States constitution contains the Copyright Act of 1976 which took the place of the previous law established in 1909. The law is still the primary basis of copyright law in the United States today.
  • Specifically, the Copyright law of 1976… and finally addresses that going forward new copyrights are to adopt a usage tern based on the author’s death rather than additional renewal terms that had been in place previously.
  • Within the act, copyright holders were given rights to…
  • Among the types of works protected were…
  • 1 st - Let us take a moment to view the video from YouTube.
  • 1 st -You may be asking yourself: Is it really worth it? Why should we even bother with using digital media at all? There does appear to be a great deal of complicated law protecting digital media. However, … 3 rd - Imagine the student creating a podcast within your classroom. He is collaborating with others while practicing researching, writing, technological, as well as speaking and listening skills. Digital media is essential for student learning.
  • 1 st -As I stated earlier, this copyright law also addresses Fair Use. Fair use has allowed educators like ourselves to breath a little easier. Last- To view these guidelines in greater detail you may click on the link provided.
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  • The video also provides additional clarification for teachers using technology in their classrooms.
  • 1 st -Since the advent of the digital age and the world wide web, educators need to be aware of Fair Use and the TEACH Act now more than ever. 2 nd -Before the TEACH Act 3 rd - In order to loosen the restraints on educators the TEACH Act was created.
  • 2 nd - Ask yourself, are you using wikipages, blogs, videos or music from the Internet right now within your classroom? If you are, the TEACH Act directly affects you. As long as you are conforming to our district’s copyright policy, and the specific terms of the TEACH Act, you are protected from copyright infringement.
  • The TEACH Act has provided a blanket of protection for teachers for eight years now. However, because of the flexible language of the TEACH Act, how can I be sure I am not committing a crime? Creative Commons is a resource that teachers can feel safe utilizing in their courses. Creative Commons is …
  • 1 st - Let’s say that you have created a grammar song that allows your students to easily remember verbs and you have posted it to your wikipage. You can obtain a Creative Commons license where you determine the terms that others may use your song.
  • So what does all of this this mean for education?
  • Do not be afraid to use technology in your classroom or in your online course 2 nd - Research and utilize resources like Creative Commons to your advantage 3 rd - Do not plead ignorance; be informed of the law and the resources that are available to you so that you may educate your students in this ever expanding digital age. It is you responsibility to know.
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    1. 1. Copyright: It is Your Responsibility to Know <ul><li>Troy Area School District </li></ul><ul><li>Professional Development </li></ul><ul><li>Created by: </li></ul><ul><li>Heather Borden </li></ul>Image source:
    2. 2. What is the law? <ul><li>U.S. Constitution – The Copyright Act of 1976 is still the primary basis of copyright law in the United States </li></ul><ul><li>Protects intellectual property of the author </li></ul>
    3. 3. Components of Copyright Law of 1976 <ul><li>Spells out the rights of copyright holders </li></ul>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
    4. 4. Copyholder’s Rights of 1976 <ul><li>The 1976 Act gave copyright holders rights to: </li></ul><ul><li>Reproduce their work </li></ul><ul><li>Write derivatives of their work </li></ul><ul><li>To sell, lease, or rent their work </li></ul><ul><li>To perform or display their work publicly </li></ul>
    5. 5. Copyright Act of 1976 <ul><li>Types of works protected: </li></ul><ul><li>Literary </li></ul><ul><li>Musical </li></ul><ul><li>Dramatic </li></ul><ul><li>Motion pictures and sound recordings among others </li></ul>
    6. 6. “Taking the Mystery Out of Copyright” <ul><li>The following video is an example of copyright as it pertains to music. </li></ul>
    7. 7. Is it worth it? <ul><li>Making media and sharing it with listeners, is essential to the development of critical thinking and communication skills. </li></ul><ul><li>People use their individual skills, beliefs, and experiences to construct their own meaning from media. </li></ul><ul><li>It is essential for student learning. </li></ul>
    8. 8. Fair Use <ul><li>Image Source </li></ul><ul><li>The Copyright Act of 1976 set forth these four specific guidelines for borrowers under Fair Use: </li></ul><ul><li>The purpose and character for which the material is intended The nature of the copyrighted work </li></ul><ul><li>The amount of the original work used </li></ul><ul><li>The effect of the use upon the market or potential market of the original work </li></ul><ul><li>Greater detail - Wikipedia Copyright Act of 1976 </li></ul>
    9. 9. “ Fair Use For Educators” <ul><li>The following YouTube video meets all of these criteria. The creator has used: </li></ul><ul><li>small portions of several works </li></ul><ul><li>for the purpose of education </li></ul><ul><li>has not caused financial distress for the original creator </li></ul>
    10. 10. Fair Use Video
    11. 11. TEACH Act of 2002 <ul><li>With the digital age came the need to address intellectual property on the Internet. </li></ul><ul><li>A Teacher was limited as to what she could </li></ul><ul><li>incorporate into her curriculum. </li></ul><ul><li>The Amendment of 2002 is called the </li></ul><ul><li>Technology, Education, and Copyright </li></ul><ul><li>Harmonization (TEACH) Act. </li></ul>
    12. 12. Evolution of the Law <ul><li>Copyright Law of 1976 TEACH Act 2002 </li></ul><ul><li>Image source </li></ul>Image source Image Source Fair Use
    13. 13. The TEACH Act <ul><li>The TEACH Act was written for the digital age. </li></ul><ul><li>It has changed the way we view education. The classroom is no longer four walls, a ceiling, and a floor. </li></ul><ul><li>Teachers benefit from the language included in the act since much of it is open to interpretation. </li></ul>
    14. 14. TEACH Act and You <ul><li>This act directly involves distance education such as BlendedSchools that we utilize everyday here in our own district. </li></ul><ul><li>Within your classroom: </li></ul><ul><li>Wikipages </li></ul><ul><li>Blogs </li></ul><ul><li>Any videos or music </li></ul>
    15. 15. Enter Creative Commons <ul><li>Creative Commons </li></ul><ul><li>a nonprofit organization that increases sharing and improves collaboration. </li></ul><ul><li>Its purpose is to share, remix, reuse legally. </li></ul><ul><li>Creative Commons licenses give you the ability to dictate how others may exercise your copyright rights as the author. </li></ul>
    16. 16. Creative Commons <ul><li>A Creative Commons license authorizes everyone who comes in contact with the work to use it consistent with the license. </li></ul><ul><li>CC license does not give you the ability to control anything outside of the Copyright Law. </li></ul>
    17. 17. Implications for Education <ul><li>Teachers are bound by Copyright laws but to a lesser extent. </li></ul><ul><li>Fair Use and TEACH Act allow educators to use materials with specific conditions. </li></ul><ul><li>Creative Commons exits as a safe place for teachers to go and utilize material for the purposes of education. </li></ul>
    18. 18. Final Thoughts <ul><li>Do not be afraid </li></ul><ul><li>Research and utilize resources like Creative Commons to your advantage </li></ul><ul><li>Be informed </li></ul>
    19. 19. 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
    20. 20. References <ul><li>Image references </li></ul><ul><li>Cite video references from email </li></ul><ul><li>Taking the Mystery Out of Copyright http://www. youtube .com/watch?v=zs9F9OczZLE&feature=related </li></ul><ul><li>Fair Use For Educators </li></ul><ul><li>http://www. youtube .com/watch?v= zuPaOOxCWnc </li></ul><ul><li>Wikipedia </li></ul>