Right2Copy - Dotson 4/20/15

How to be a Responsible Digital Citizen!

How do WE become a liable digital citizen?

Digital Citizenship is a privilege, and with this privilege there are certain responsibilities that we have to hold ourselves accountable for. Being a digital citizen means you have "the ability to think critically, behave safely, and participate responsibly in our digital world."

-Common Sense Media

Digital Footprint


What is Intellectual Property?

Intellectual proper is the creations of the mind. All the ideas, inventions, and creations that individuals construct are protected by patents, trademarks, and copyrights. It is crucial that we understand intellectual and all that it encompassed for the purpose of fostering innovation and creativity.

What is Copyright and it's law?

Copyright is the exclusive rights of the originator of a piece of work, and with this ownership they are granted certain protections for their work. Basically saying that the owner of the work as control over their creation. Copyright law was issued by the United States government to protect the rights and works of authors, artists, composers and others to make sure that their work was not used without their permission. This law provides rights for the author or artist to do as they please with their work. For example it grants them the permission to sell copies of works, create derivative works, and the right to display works publicly.

Fair Use?

Fair use in basic terms is a copyright principle which means there are certain fashions in which you can use and handle copyright work. It is important to realize that there are no bright lines or assessments of whether or not an intended use is a fair use, but it requires a thoughtful analysis of the context and intentions that underlie that use. Four factors that come into play for Fair Use are:

  1. The purpose and character of the use
  2. The nature of the copyrighted work
  3. Amount of work that is substantially used
  4. Affect/Effect of how the work is used
Copyright and Fair Use

Understanding Public Domain

Content that is considered to be in the Public Domain is works that do not fall under copyright law any longer. The creation is not protected for the purposes of the creator of the work and therefore is in the hands of the public to use. There are certain reasons for work to be considered in the public domain. These reasons are the copyright law has expired, the author failed to have their work copyrighted, and finally, the work is conducted by the US government.

Implementing and Promoting Creative Commons Licensing

Creative Commons Licensing is "non-profit organization that enables the sharing and use of creativity through free legal tools". Creative Commons is not an alternative to copyright yet works side by side to make sure that work can be shared and explored by everyone. The licensing techniques ensure that you are still protected that best fits your personal needs yet gives you the rights and privileges that you deserve.

Videos for Thought

Creative Commons License and how it helps us share digital content.
What is Digital Citizenship?
1-to-1 Essentials: Encouraging Digital Citizenship


  • Pictures taken from Commonsense website, Spicy IP, Public Domain Genealogy, librarian.net, law office of Leo Mikityanskiy
  1. https://www.commonsensemedia.org/educators/curriculum
  2. http://spicyip.com/
  3. http://publicdomaingenealogy.com/
  4. http://lmattorney.com/index.html