At the end of this lesson, you will be able to:
- List the exclusive rights of copyright holders
- Decide if a case falls within fair use guidelines
- Determine whether or not something is copyrightable
- Explain how to obtain a copyright
- Identify works online that are licensed under Creative Commons
- Identify works online that are in the public domain
- Evaluate copyright laws for fairness as they apply to modern technology, including the internet and mobile devices such as ebook readers and mp3 players.
- Show the class a video of Queen’s Under Pressure, followed by a video of Vanilla Ice’s Ice Ice Baby. Let the student decide if a copyright violation occurred. The courts decided that this was NOT in fact a copyright violation.
- Have a class discussion on the purpose of copyright laws, using the PowerPoint presentation as a springboard.
- Provide notes to the students on the topics of: copyrightability, how to obtain a copyright, exclusive rights, and fair use.
- Have the students read the Ten Myths of Copyright and summarize each one.
- Have the students read the article on software piracy in China and answer the accompanying questions.
- Provide students with notes on the Creative Commons license. Provide examples of CC licensed work on Wikipedia and Flickr.
- Provide students with notes on public domain works. Have students try to find public domain works online through Wikipedia and Google Images.
- Lead a class discussion on illegal digital file sharing using services such as (formerly) Napster and LimeWire and software such as BitTorrent. Use the PowerPoint on Digital Priacy as a guide.
- Lead a discussion evaluating copyright laws in the digital age, using these discussion questions as a springboard.
- Have students take the Copyright Quiz.
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