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10 Resources for Copyright and Royalty Free Media  November 4, 2011 Tech Savvy Educator blog describes 13 resources that host copyright-free materials (images, videos, photos, music, etc.).

Copy the"Right" Way by Amanda Lemke.  This WebQuest explores intellectual freedom, copyright and fair use.

Copyright Law and Fair Use: A Webquest for Students, grades 6-8 created by Patti Turk

Copyright Law: From Digital Reprints to Downloads (gr 6-8) Five 50 minute lessons by Cassandra Love.

Copyright Scavenger Hunt  A website compiled for an “Internet for Educators” class at Boise State University that could be adapted for use with students.

Copyright with Cyberbee includes resources and lesson plans for teachers and an interactive question and answer activity for elementary students.

Creative Commons: Spectrum of Rights Slideshare explains how to use Creative Commons.  Cartoon concept and design by Neeru Paharia.  Original illustrations by Ryan Junell.  Photos by Matt Haughey.

Creative Thinking Lessons Northern Kentucky University film students have collaborated with the school’s W. Frank Steely Library to unveil Creative Thinking, an educational copyright and plagiarism website for junior high through freshman college students.  Lessons include handouts, films, lesson plans, and other resources.          

Digital Citizenship Education and Creative Content is a free, turnkey instructional program, whose goal is to create an awareness of the rights connected with creative content.

Digital Media Ethics and Royalty-Free Resources  A wiki created by Chris Davis and others that explains copyright, digital resources, and the tools which can be used to create them responsibly.

Exploring Plagiarism, Copyright, and Paraphrasing   (Gr 6-8) Three 50 minute lessons created by Maria Kardick.

Fair Use Checklist (pdf) Used by Columbia University

Fair Use Continuum (jpeg) Brianne Rhodes developed this graphic to illustrate when fair use of images no longer applies and permission should be sought.

Fair Use / Copyright Friendly /  Creative Commons  Spartan Guides developed by Joyce Valenza for Springfield High School, PA.  Includes tools, tutorials, videos and many other resources.

A Fair(y) Use Tale, Eric Faden of Bucknell University created this humorous, yet informative video, which reviews copyright principles delivered through the words of various Disney characters.

How Do I Know if my Use is a Fair Use?  This tool has been developed to help teachers and students reason through the fair use process.  Includes a form and reasoning process.

Is It Protected by Copyright? (PD Slider Tool) American Library Association's Office of Information Technology Policy has produced a online version of their popular printed guide that answers the question, "Is It Protected by Copyright?" Using the mouse, users can drag the slider arrow down to various publication date ranges and copyright circumstances to easily determine if a work is in the public domain.

Join the c Team is an educational program encouraging creativity and respect for intellectual property for grades K-5 from the Entertainment Software Association.

Library of Classroom Curricula Copyright Alliance Education Foundation and educational organizations like Weekly Reader, iSafe, and Young Minds Inspired.   Curriculum designed to help incorporate copyright lessons into K-12 classrooms by subject area.

Media Literacy, Copyright and Fair Use Temple University's Media Education Lab includes the Code of Best Practices and resources for teaching and learning.

Sharing Creative Works is a comic about Creative Commons. It aims to explain the basics of CC licensing as simply as possible to a general audience, including children.

Students as Creators: Exploring Copyright (gr 6-8) Five 50 minute lessons by Cassandra Love.

Students as Creators: Exploring Multimedia (gr 6-8) Ten 50 minute lessons by Cassandra Love.

Taking the Mystery Out of Copyright Library of Congress has produced short flash animations explaining copyright, its history, and how to register.

Tales from the Public Domain: Bound by Law? Center for the Study of Public Domain's digital comic book on copyright and fair use.

Teaching Copyright Electronic Frontier Foundation project developed curriculum that will help students understand and exercise their rights and responsibilities.

Technology and Copyright Law: A Futurespective (gr 6-8) Five 50 minute lessons by Cassandra Love.

Wikimedia Commons is a media file repository making available public domain and freely-licensed educational media content (images, sound and video clips) to all.

YouTube Copyright School (video & quiz) & YouTube Copyright Education 



Other Resources & Websites

Complete Copyright for K-12 Librarians and Educators (approx 83 min.) December 2012 ALA webinar video developed specifically for school librarians and instructors.   See this District Dispatch for more details.

All About Creative Commons and Copyright for Educators by Steven Anderson

American University School of Communication's Center for Social Media Online Video Resources include "Fair Use is Your Friend" and "Remix Culture".  These short videos explain the new code of best practices for fair use of online video.

Center for the Study of Public Domain Duke Law School. The public domain is the realm of material—ideas, images, sounds, discoveries, facts, texts—that is unprotected by intellectual property rights and free for all to use or build upon.

Chilling Effects Clearinghouse  collects and analyzes legal complaints about online activity, helping Internet users to know their rights and understand the law.  It is a collaborative project among the Electronic Frontier Foundation and various law school clinics.

Code of Best Practices for Academic and Research Libraries This new code, which joins the suite of other fair use codes, was developed by librarians and facilitated by the Center for Social Media, the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) and The Washington College of Law. It was supported by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Media Literacy in Education The American University School of Communication's Center for Social Media has developed this guide which identifies five principles that represent the media literacy education community’s current consensus about acceptable practices for the fair use of copyrighted materials.

Code of Best Practices in Fair Use For Online Video The American University School of Communication’s Center for Social Media has developed this Code.  The document is a guide to current acceptable practices, drawing on the actual activities of creators and backed by the judgment of a national panel of experts.

Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Poetry The American University School of Communication's Center for Social Media has developed this Code.  The code is meant as both an illustration of and a guide to which uses of copyrighted materials, as described, are considered reasonable and appropriate within the poetry community.

Columbia Copyright Advisory Office Columbia University, New York.

Copyright Advisory Network American Library Association. The purpose of this site is to encourage librarians to discuss copyright concerns, and seek feedback and advice from fellow librarians and copyright specialists, usually within 48 hours.  A forum is available to ask questions and review others questions.  The following resources are available: The Copyright Genie, Fair Use Evaluator, Section 108 Spinner, and Exceptions for Instructors eTool.

Copyright & Copyleft This wikispace has been developed to provide fast and easy access to a range of high quality resources to assist teachers and students develop a clearer understanding of Copyright, Creative Commons and other licences. It also aims to provide a 'one stop shop' for finding digital materials that may be used in the creation of multimedia and information on how to correctly acknowledge their use.

Copyright and Fair Use
Stanford University Libraries maintain this site which includes links to primary sources.

Copyright and Primary Resources  Professional development, self-paced interactive module (60 min.) by the Library of Congress. Learn how to evaluate primary resources from the Library's collections for the best use within copyright.

Copyright and the Classroom Copyright Alliance Education Foundation and Young Minds Inspired have developed a comprehensive program for teachers. Additionally, a library of free curricula was compiled that helps teachers of all grades and subject areas incorporate copyright into existing lesson plans.

Copyright: BriefNOTES for Students Heartland Area Education Agency, Iowa. Colorful handout which summarizes US Copyright Law (Title 17) and copyright guidelines.

Copyright Crash Course University of Texas Libraries

Copyright, Fair Use, Intellectual Property & Podcasting is a section of a wiki, Teach Digital: Curriculum by Wes Fryer.  The wiki "presents practical suggestions for schools, educators, and students to avoid intellectual property liability problems and empower learners to LEGALLY create as well as share a wide variety of media/knowledge products on the global stage.

Copyright Issues for Schools Educational Communications Board (ECB) provides a list of sites that can help answer questions about copyright.

Copyright Term and the Public Domain in the United States Peter Hirtle's chart, updated for 2011.

The Copyright Toolbox The toolbox is developed to assist authors and publishers to achieve a balance between granting maximum access to a journal article and financial compensation for the publication by the publisher of this article.

Copyright Watch : Global Transparency Copyright Watch collects and monitors copyright laws from around the world.

Creative Commons  provides free tools that let authors, scientists, artists,  educators, and students easily mark their creative work with the freedoms they want it to carry. You can use CC to change your copyright terms from "All Rights Reserved" to "Some Rights Reserved." Sharing Creative Works : An Illustrated Primer is a new comic created for the general public including children.

Creative Commons: What Every Educator Needs to Know  A slidecast with audio by Rodd Lucier. (20 min.)

Creative Thinking: Copyright Basics  Northern Kentucky University film students have collaborated with the school’s W. Frank Steely Library to unveil Creative Thinking, an educational copyright and plagiarism website for junior high through freshman college students.   

Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998.

Drape's Takes: The Educator's Guide to the Creative Commons

Fair Use in the U.S. Economy  Computer & Communications Industry Association study (2010) that examines the value of Fair Use to the U.S. economy and its importance for the copyright law in the digital age.

Fair Use of Images for Teaching, Research, and Study The Visual Resources Association released a statement of best practices in the use of still images in December 2011.

FAQs Regarding Copyright Compliance and Movie Usage in Schools  Movie Licensing USA.

LibraryLaw Blog by Mary Minow and Peter Hirtle. Covers developments related to copyright, access, intellectual freedom, privacy, and other important issues surrounding librarianship.

Music and the Internet: A Guide for Parents and Teachers by Childnet International, 2011.

Plagiarism Today - Content Theft / Copyright Infringement / Plagiarism  A blog by Jonathan Bailey, president of CopyByte, a consultancy that helps advise organizations about detecting and combating plagiarism.

Playing with Media: Simple Ideas for Powerful Sharing   A chapter on copyright from the eBook by Wesley Fryer. 

The Power of Open A collection of stories about the use of Creative Commons licensing.

World Book and Copyright Day  UNESCO  seeks to encourage reading, writing, publishing , and the protection of intellectual property through copyright by celebrating on April 23rd each year.