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Copyright Scenario Cases


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Students can check their understanding of copyright, fair use and public domain with these 20 case scenarios. based on the Copyright Issues reading by the WIT 2000 University of Chicago.

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Copyright Scenario Cases

  1. 1. If you were the Judge & Jury, how would you decide?
  2. 2. Hit the Gavel by clicking 7 times to let the courtroom know you There are 20 cases about Copyright have arrived. & Fair Use in front of the bench. You are the judge and jury! Read each case and determine if the statement is True or False using what you have learned about Copyright & Fair Use in the Web Quest. Answer by clicking on the True or False buttons. Click on the Action Button on the lower right to navigate within the game. When you return to case slide, click to reveal the answer & reason. Good luck!
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  4. 4. True False True. Technically, this should be done in the library. The law allows archival copies, and, in some cases, lost, stolen, or damaged originals may be replaced with copies if the originals are unavailable or unreasonably priced.
  5. 5.  False – as long as one copy is not being used simultaneously, its OK to distribute the software via the server. However, when districts or schools fail to monitor and enforce simultaneous use, they get in trouble. True – if the one copy is being used simultaneously by more than one user. To get around this, school districts purchase a site license for simultaneous use. True False
  6. 6. False True False. Alas, the teacher bought a product that isnt backwards-compatible and should complain to the manufacturer. Its likely the law would deem it reasonable to install 3.3 in the new machines (after removing 4) until the issue is resolved.
  7. 7. True False False. Some interpretations of the 11th Amendment of the Constitution suggest that state schools may in fact be exempt from copyright prosecutions. However, following the guidelines encourages software and hardware makers to keep making quality pr oducts for us to buy.
  8. 8. True False False. Just as with a print encyclopedia, one student at a time has access to a piece of software. The number of students who can use a software program simultaneously is restricted to the number of copies the school owns (see question #2). When a school purchases a site license, the software can be used by everyone simultaneously.
  9. 9.  True. The Web may be mined forTrue resources. Download away (of course, dont hack intoFalse subscription sites)! But remember: you cant put these projects back up on the Web without permission from the copyright holders.
  10. 10. True False True. If the site really is protected, then this is considered OK. The school should monitor its Web hits, though, and make sure the outside world isnt sneaking in.
  11. 11.  False. Educators may use "legitimately acquired" material without asking permission, but many file- sharing sites are suspect in this area. Use common sense to determine if those peer-to-peer resources are legitimate or pirated. True False
  12. 12.  True. pays for its archives, so the material there is legitimately acquired. Be wary of some of the other peer-to-peer sites, however (see question #8). True False
  13. 13.  False. Legitimately acquired material can be used in classrooms. However, under the current law, no teacher can redistribute such material over the Net or any other medium. You can use it, but you cant spread it around. True False
  14. 14. True False True. Video can be pulled into multimedia projects, however if only the video was going to be viewed on the internet, it would not be fair use. Also, only 10% or three minutes, whichever is less, could be used if it were to appear on the internet. See Copyright & Fair Use Chart for Students & Teachers.
  15. 15. True False False – if the scene is either shown more than once or if the report with the clip is placed on the internet, it is copyright infringement. True – if the scene is shown once or if the report with the clip is not placed on the internet it is permissible.
  16. 16. True False True. Thats the other side of fair use. Just as you can use other peoples intellectual property for educational purposes without permission, so can your own be used.
  17. 17. True False. Video (like everything else) is not covered under fair use for entertainment or False reward. The use described is entertainment, pure and simple. However, Disney will sell you a one-time license that makes this legal use. Call Disney at (818) 560-1000, ask for "Rights," and prepare to trade faxes.
  18. 18.  True - The current guidelines exclude the creation of video compilations. However, offers film clips for free. E-mail Michael Rhodes at or call (805) 984-5907. Also remember, the teacher is only using the video clips in his classroom. They are not appearing on the internet. True False
  19. 19. True False False. This is a true story. The elementary school was sued by Disney for $250,000 and won. You cannot for any reason use more than 30 seconds of a licensed song for a mass audience. As the representatives from Apple headquarters in NYC told me, teach your students to use 29 seconds. Keep them, you, and your school safe from a lawsuit.
  20. 20. True False True. You may use the images in projects and post such images on the Web. Some sites, like Disneyland and architectural landmarks, may be considered copyright material, and might ask you to remove the image. People (not selectively chosen) in public places are as a rule okay in photographs.
  21. 21. True False True – As long as the student uses only 30 (29 ) seconds of the licensed music song, it is permissible. False – if the student is planning to place it on the wiki and not edit the song to meet the Fair Use length of others’ created works (see Copyright & Fair Use Chart)
  22. 22. True False False. This is not fair use. Yearbooks are not generally intended to be instructional. Plus, its not permissible to use entire songs. If youre using pieces of songs and analyzing them as a reflection of the times students lived in, thats different, but remember, the maximum length of a song that can be used is 30 (29) seconds. Another reason is that the DVDs will be sold at a price, AKA commercial intention.
  23. 23. True False False. Fair use allows educational use of copyright material, true, but it does so only if there is no anticipation of wider distribution. If the school is selling the DVD or distributing it to an audience, then it does not fall under Fair Use.
  24. 24.  Quiz & AnswersDavidson, H. (15 October 2002). TL Copyright & Fair Use Quiz. Technology & Learning - The Resource for Education Technology Leaders. Retrieved July 15, 2010 at L/2002/10/copyright_quiz.html. Davidson, H. (15 October 2002). TL Copyright & Fair Use Quiz Answers. Technology & Learning - The Resource for Education Technology Leaders. Retrieved July 15, 2010 at L/2002/10/copyright_answers.html.
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