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Copyright and fair use

Lesson Plan Published 11/11/13 Last updated on 9/23/18

Understanding how to legally use resources and content, as well as, how to protect one’s work is very important. In this activity students will learn about copyright rules, fair use guidelines, and intellectual property so they know when permission must be obtained and the methods used to indicate content is copyrighted.

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Adobe Education

Posted on 9/23/18 2:21:29 PM Permalink

​We recently updated the files for this lesson on September 23, 2018.

Yasar Butt

Posted on 8/23/18 9:21:14 PM Permalink

​always thankful to edex adobe

Judy Durkin

Posted on 8/22/18 4:20:13 PM Permalink

​This ACA curriculum is a life saver

Armando Viera

Posted on 8/17/18 6:49:38 AM Permalink

​Fine..., nice.

Sylvan Adams

Posted on 8/5/16 6:23:21 PM Permalink

thanks so much

Salheddine Boumaraf

Posted on 10/17/15 9:19:26 AM Permalink

Great lesson, thanks.

Bunnie Craddock

Posted on 8/7/15 4:19:04 PM Permalink

Donna Enard

Posted on 2/22/15 10:08:01 PM Permalink

Any lesson that help students understand the rules and laws of copyright is ok with me. Thanks for sharing;

D. Enard

Denise Dejonghe

Posted on 4/27/14 4:03:12 PM Permalink

Adobe Education

Posted on 4/30/14 6:30:16 PM Permalink

Thanks for sharing the video Denise!

From time to time, there is content that doesn't have a product directly associated with it and the best thing to do is to select the product that makes the most sense. For something like this video, you might select products that can be used to alter copyrighted materials and provide some information about how the copyright information in the video pertains to using those products. Hope that makes sense.

Georgia Hardee

Posted on 9/29/15 11:14:53 AM Permalink

Thanks for sharing! I'll use it today!

Abigail Smith

Posted on 12/31/13 4:47:24 PM Permalink

Objectives are not specific and measurable (one should never use the word "understand" in a learning objective, since understanding is not measurable. Check Blooms Taxonomy with corresponding action verbs for help with writing objectives!) Rubric is vague and unhelpful. The activity is not even clear--are students supposed to write a paper? Participate in a discussion board? Create a presentation? Clear, specific directions are totally absent in the lesson plan. As far as the guide to copyright, some helpful information is presented, but it is presented in a dry, boring way. Additionally, the guide sort of takes a cop-out approach by saying at the end that students should go to the US copyright website for more information, without even highlighting which part of the site they should visit, or what the most important information there should be. So students are left feeling unsure if they have gained the necessary information that they will need from this guide, or if there are more things they are supposed to learn from the other sources.

Adobe Education

Posted on 1/6/14 5:37:47 PM Permalink

Thanks for the feedback Abigail. Because this lesson plan it meant to work with multiple different types of digital media projects within Adobe's Digital Careers curriculum, it is intentionally written to be flexible so it can be easily adapted to different use cases. In some cases, the copyright citation might be a paper, in others it might be on a webpage or as part of the credits in a video. The projects that utilize this lesson plan have more detailed instructions on how to use this activity within the project. So, that's the rationale for the generalized instructions and rubric.

Regarding the guide to copyright, what ideas do you have about presenting that information in a less boring way? Copyright and fair use is by nature not the most riveting topic, and it would be awesome if passionate educators like you take a stab at creating more interested and engaging ways to teach about this important topic. Or are there any existing resources on this topic that you use that you could share?

Todd Blankenbeckler

Posted on 2/4/14 2:00:40 AM Permalink

If teaching K-8 you could include the resources from The Copyright Society of the U.S.A for Copyright Kids. There are also some resource videos at CSUSA Videos. Unfortunately they decommissioned the Friends of Active Copyright Education (FACE) site that did a wonderful job of explaining the topic in plain English. You can get a fairly good snapshot by going to the http://www.csusa.org/face/" target="_blank">WayBack Machine

Adobe Education

Posted on 2/4/14 7:26:33 AM Permalink

These are great resources - thanks so much for sharing Todd! We will certainly consider these when we update next time.


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