Ethical Use of Resources
Quick Resource Sheets [Created by Alix Woznick, Briscoe Middle School Librarian]
Lessons for Teaching Copyright Topics and Related Standards
ALA Releases Copyright Lessons for School Librarians – School Library Journal article provides information on lessons developed by the AASL with the NTCE and made available on ReadWriteThink. Lessons require several class periods, so some teachers may find it more useful to excerpt portions. Intended for grades 6-8, but portions will work well at a high school level.
Teaching Copyright – from the Electronic Frontier Foundation. Includes five 60-min. lessons intended for high school students, including definitions and history of copyright, fair use, and file sharing.
Fair Use Video
A Fair(y) Use Tale – Very clever 10-minute video that combines parody and remixing techniques, by editing tiny excerpts of Disney movies into a educational presentation on copyright. Licensed under a Creative Commons license which grants rights to display without requesting. Physical copies may be purchased from The Media Education Foundation.”
Best Practices & Guidelines
All current CC licenses require that you attribute the original author(s) when using a CC work. How they need to be attributed depends on the license the author has chosen. This page lists various considerations and give some examples of correct attribution.
Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Online Video – Center for Social Media, American University
This code of best practices states, “Inevitably, considerations of good faith come into play in fair use analysis. One way to show good faith is to provide credit or attribution, where possible, to the owners of the material being used.”
Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Academic and Research Libraries – Association of Research Libraries (ARL)
Published in January 2012 and developed in partnership with the Center for Social Media and the Washington College of Law at American University
OWL Purdue Online Writing Laboratory – Purdue University
One of the best online sources for academic research and citation, including MLA, APA, and the Chicago Manual of Style. Here are links to the MLA standards for a variety of multimedia sources:
Visual Literacy – UC Irvine Libraries
Provides information on citing images, copyright, presentation best practices, design guidelines, and more
Copyright & Primary Sources - Library of Congress (Teacher section)
This is part of a larger section on primary sources, but is written in a useful Q&A format and includes questions (with answers) like: What is copyright?; If there is no copyright notice, does that mean there is no copyright?; For classroom use, how does “fair use” apply?; What is “fair use”? It also includes a number of examples of real-life situations.
Copyright Advisory Office – Columbia University
Both comprehensive in scope and understandable to the layperson. Topics covered: Copyright in General, Fair Use in Education, Libraries and Copyright, Copyright Ownership, Permissions, Special Topics. Of particular note:
Copyright Confusion Wiki – organized by Renee Hobbs, author of Copyright Clarity.
Invites educators to contribute via Q&A to post questions about specific issues. Includes sections: “A HS Students Asks Questions about Copyright and Fair Use,” “Teaching Fair Use,” Reasoning Fair Use,” “Best Practices Scenarios.”
Know Your Copy Rights – What You Can Do – Association of Research Libraries
Brochure intended to accentuate the positive in campus copyright educational efforts. The free-to-download and customizable brochure covers fair use, the advantage of linking to instead of copying works, and special provisions for displaying or performing works in classes.
Creative Commons & Copyright Friendly
Provides tools that give content creators a standardized way to keep their copyright while allowing certain uses of their work — a “some rights reserved” approach to copyright.
Find CC Licensed Works – This tool allows you to search Europeana, Flickr, Fotopedia, Google, Google Images, Jamendo, Open Clip Art Library, SpinXpress, Wikimedia Commons, and YouTube for works that is available to be used under various Creative Commons licenses.
Choose a license tool – Answer a few simple questions and get the code to use on your web pages or other media.
Attributing CC Content – Best practices on how to give credit when using CC-licensed works.
CC Videos – 16 videos showcasing various aspects of Creative Commons.
Primarily a collection of links for finding a variety of media that are available for use under Creative Commons, public domain, or other means that are sometimes called copyright-friendly or copyleft. Sections include images, music, sound effects, avatar makers, film, graphing tools and background information for educators.
The Wikimedia Commons is a collection of images, sounds, and video, almost all of which may be reused without individual permission.
While most content on Wikimedia can be freely reused, some licenses do require that the original creator receive credit. This article details how to comply with various license requirements.
Columbia Panelists Urge Vigorous Exercise of Fair Use – School Library Journal, March 28, 2012
Teaching About Plagiarism in a Digital Age – Council Chronicle (National Council of Teachers of English membership magazine), November 5, 2008
Article touches on the remix culture, publication of student work, how to help students avoid plagiarizing, giving credit, and building awareness of copyright.
What Do YOU Know About the Creative Commons? – by Bill Ferriter, The Tempered Radical blog, March 20, 2012
Written by a 6th grade language arts teacher, this short article provides a real-life gotcha lesson that brought Ferriter to Creative Commons. It also embeds two excellent (and short) videos that explain more about what CC is and does.
Books About Fair Use
Copyright Clarity: How Fair Use Supports Digital Learning by Renee Hobbs. From NTCE (National Council of Teachers of English), published May 2010. This 128 page book explores what is permissible in the classroom; fair use of digital materials such as images, music, movies, and Internet elements found on sites such as Google and YouTube; trends in intellectual property law and copyright practices; classroom projects using copyrighted materials
Reclaiming Fair Use: How to Put Balance Back in Copyright by Patricia Aufderheide and Peter Jaszi. From University Of Chicago Press, published August 2011. Surveys current copyright law, describes how the fair-use principle may be used, addresses myths and a template for creating best practices.