Digital Citizenship Lesson
Copyright and Plagiarism
How can I make responsible choices when I use other people's creative work?
Fair Use: the ability to use copyrighted work without permission, but only in certain ways and in specific situations (schoolwork and education, news reporting, criticizing or commenting on something, and comedy/parody)
Copyright: a law that protects a creator’s ownership of and control over the work he or she creates, requiring other people to get the creator’s permission before they copy, share, or perform that work
Creative Commons: a kind of copyright that makes it easy for people to copy, share, and build on someone’s creative work – as long as they give the creator credit for it
Public Domain: creative work that’s not copyrighted and therefore free for you to use however you want remix or mash-up: editing together clips of video, sound, images, and text by “remixing” or “mashing” different parts together to create something new
1- What do you think we mean when we talk about someone’s creative work?
2- Have you ever used creative work you found online, a photo or a poem, for personal use?
3- When you use creative work you find online, what considerations do you make about it, if any?
Copyright and Fair Use Video
Table Groups Discussion
- What are the ways you can be respectful of people’s creative work?
- How do you think you would feel if someone used your creative work? Would it make a different whether they did the following:
- Asked your permission to use it?
- Gave you credit as the creator?
- Changed the picture or added a caption without asking you?
Huseman D'Annunzio, Melissa. N.p., 2015. Web. 21 June 2015.
Table Group Discussion
Why do you think that plagiarism is considered to be such a serious offense in the academic community? What do you think are the most important reasons to avoid plagiarism?
Develop a tag line for an ad campaign using a picture of a product you have chosen. Consider examples of tag lines, such as “I’m lovin’ it™” for McDonalds or “Just Do It™” for Nike. Understand that a tag line is a slogan or memorable phrase used in advertising that sums up the tone of a brand, product, or campaign. Make a sample billboard or magazine ad featuring the photo and tag line. You can chose to create online or with paper and markers/colored pencils. Present your ad campaigns to the class.