Copyright: Rights and Wrongs


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

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Copyright: Rights and Wrongs

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