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List of Terms and Concepts You Should Know:
- Copyright (What is it, and when is it obtained by a creator?)
- Fair Use (when it can be used?)
- Public Domain (explained in a YouTube video)
- Creative Commons (How do you obtain a CC license?)
- Jammie Thomas-Rasset's case, who illegally downloaded 24 songs. Read the follow-up to the story of Capitol v. Thomas on Wikipedia.
- Copyright BriefNotes for Students. this is an interesting compilation of the meaning of copyright. Review the Copyright Decision Tree on page 2. It helps you decide if you can use a work in your projects.
RESOURCESIf you are a reader,
familiarize yourself with pages 1—6 of Copyright Basics (PDF) from the US Copyright Office (copyright.gov). This introduction to copyright law describes what works are protected and defines ownership as well as the typical duration of copyright law protection.
review the 3 videos below:
Using Copyrighted Works in Our Own Creations: Fair Use, Creative Commons, and Permissions
Copyright History and Rational in 6 minutes!
Creative CommonsThis 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.