Copyright Basics For Teachers

Tara Sells

Boise State University


This page was designed for adult learners and specifically targeted toward teachers.

Disclaimer: This page was intended for educational purposes and not as a legal advice.

There are many times that copyright may not be clear. Once you have read and completed the copyright scavenger hunt activity on this page, it should be a little more clear.

What is copyright?

Copyright is the exclusive right to make copies, license, and otherwise exploit a literary, musical, or artistic work, whether printed, audio, video, etc.: works granted such right by law on or after January 1, 1978, are protected for the lifetime of the author or creator and for a period of 70 years after his or her death, according to

Copyright Scavenger Hunt Activity

Instructions: For each hunt, read each scenario. Then click the website listed to answer the questions. You can either print out the worksheet and fill out your answers or use the Google Doc form.

Hunt #1: Copyright and Public Domain




Hunt #2: Educational Rules




Hunt #3: YouTube




Hunt #4: Images for Web Pages




Hunt #5: Creative Commons




Remember to check your answers here on the [Answer Key].


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