Welcome to our copyright scavenger hunt activity! Today, we will search the Internet for information about copyright laws including public domain and fair use. In this activity, you will answer questions like: What is copyright? Why is it important? What resources can I use? To complete this activity, visit each link and answer the questions provided. After you answer each question, check your responses with the correct answers provided on the answer key. No peeking! Happy hunting!
Learner Objective: To instruct secondary-age students about the basic of copyright law, public domain, and fair use
Have you ever seen this symbol: ©? It means something is copyrighted and protected by copyright law. Copyright law protects the ownership of any original piece of expression. This piece of expression must be something tangible like a poem or painting to be protected by copyright law. Understanding copyright is very important in English class because you will work with so many original pieces of authorship and be expected to find and use online sources correctly. Your task now is to complete the scavenger hunt below and learn more about copyright law.
Bonus: Does copyright law protect phrases like “Beam me up” and “Show me the money?” Explain.