Sunday, March 30, 2014

Copyright, Fair Use, and the Public Domain

Copyright is a difficult concept for students of all ages to understand. Copyright law states you must give credit when credit is due.  The Internet has made access to information and digital media easy.  The Internet has provided authors and creators an inexpensive and free way to publish. Creators of digital media can easily publish their work online, and share it with the world.  The Internet is growing and expanding constantly. Similarly, today's technology and software allows us to embed information and multimedia objects created by others with a few simple clicks.  Laws are in place to protect the authors and creators that are publishing their work to the Internet.  These laws support the many authors and creators of digital media by recognizing their efforts and protecting their work. The law allows authors and creators can to specify how they would like to be recognized, and specifies how we can give credit when using the digital media of others.

My colleague, +Tim Flanagan and I collaborated to develop an online unit to help students understand copyright and how they can respect the law when creating online content. The module contains resources and lesson activities on copyright, fair use, public domain, and creative commons.  We owe the authors and creators of online content proper attribution.  The modules resides on the Digital Text & Tools website.  Here is the link to the Copyright Learning Module

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