Thursday, January 26, 2017

Copyright, Fair Use, Public Domain, & Creative Commons

Image source: Wikimedia Commons (this image is in the public domain)
Review this Worksheet to help you better understand the lecture.

These RWLDs for your upcoming copyright lecture introduce you to fundamental principles of U.S. copyright law, fair use, public domain, and creative commons. Your understanding of these concepts is key to making legal and ethical decisions about how to incorporate media into educational projects (and guiding your own students to do so in the future).

List of Terms and Concepts You Should Know:
  1. Copyright (what is it and when is it obtained by a creator?)
  2. The Copyright Act of 1976
  3. Copyright Ownership (Copyright Term Extension Act)
  4. Public Domain
  5. Fair Use (when it can be used?); what is Portion Limitations
  6. Creative Commons (how do you obtain a CC license?)
  7. The TEACH Act of 2002
  8. Shepard Fairy and the legal controversy with his iconic image of President Obama
  9. Jammie Thomas-Rasset's case who illegally downloading 24 songs. Read the follow up to the story of Capitol v. Thomas on Wikipedia.
  10. Iowa AEA Online: http://www.iowaaeaonline.org (get the username and password from your instructor for iCLIPART For Schools)
  11. What is flickr and how do you find Creative Commons images in there? 
  12. What is Usage Rights in Google search for images and exactly how can you find resources that are "labeled for reuse"?

You may find many of the answers here:

1) http://www.iowaaeaonline.org/pages/uploaded_files/CopyrightBN_StudentsScreen.pdf
(This PDF handout is from Iowa AEA Online. Save this document for lecture, for future reference, and to use with students in your own classroom).
............and here:
2) Explore the interactive web site Taking the Mystery Out of Copyright (from the Library of Congress), especially the section Files on Record which provides an interactive timeline of copyright milestones (look for the scroll bars along the left and right sides).

RESOURCES  

Copyright history and rational in 6 minutes!




Creative Commons

This 5 minute video explains why Creative Commons was created:



Creative Commons licenses make it easy for people to share their works which are otherwise protected by copyright law. This provides terrific opportunities for teachers and students! It's what you might say is a happy middle ground between All Rights Reserved and the public domain.


Other Resources (FYI)

- Copyright Basics: pages 1—6 of Copyright Basics (PDF) from the US Copyright Office (copyright.gov)

- Bookmark and explore these UNI sites related to copyright: UNI Copyright Policies and Rod Library Guide to Copyright and FAQs about copyright at UNI.
- And last but not least, take a look at the Key Moments in Social Media Law from 1984 on!

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