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 Dictionary.com
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.
You have been teaching for 12 years now and you have always just taken things from the internet because you assumed that it was okay. However, you read an article the other day about the chance that you can get in some serious trouble for using things off the internet that aren’t free to use. You do some research and realize that there are five helpful tips to stay out of trouble when it comes to websites. What are those five tips?
A colleague comes to you and said she heard somewhere that if work is found on the “public domain”, it is free of copyright laws and you can use it at your discretion. First of all, what is the “public domain” and is your colleague right?
You get a new student in class and you don’t have an extra consumable workbook. Your school hasn’t had time to order a new one and would rather not. You only need four or five pages out of the workbook, can you make a copy?
You have an incentive setup in your classroom for behavior. Once your class reaches their goal you have promised them a movie party. They get to choose the movie they want. You question if you need parent permission to show it, but your principal assures you that if it is rated G, no parental permission is required. However, are you allowed to show the video according to copyright and fair use laws?
You find a video on YouTube that teaches a mini-lesson that works perfectly for your upcoming writing project. You were excited and told a colleague about it. She asked if that was allowed and crinkled her nose and said she thought it wasn’t. Her reaction made you question if you are allowed to show it. Are you allowed to show the video to your students?
Your class creates a video about Teach-To’s for playground rules. You want to put the video on YouTube so that other colleagues can use it to show their classes. Do you have to give YouTube permission to let others use your video?
You have decided to start a classroom blog. You want your blog to be visually appealing as well as “cute”. You found a couple images that you really want to add to your blog, but you can’t find any copyright information. You decide to play it safe and find websites that offer images that are okay to use. What are three examples of places to find images that are okay to use?
You have created a blog that you have been using for quite sometime. You receive a notice from the copyright holder about one of the images you used. They ask you to take it down because you do not have permission to use it. You take it down immediately, but are concerned that you still may get in trouble. Do you need to take further action or is deleting it enough?