Creative Credit & Copyright

Digital Citizenship

Terminology

Fair Use: You may use someone's creative work without their permission, but only in certain established ways.


Commercial Purposes: Use of work for profitable purposes.


Copyright: A law that protects the creator's work so that no one can use the work without the creator's permission.


Creative Commons: A type of copyright that allows people to use the creator's work however they want, as long as they give the creator credit and do not profit from it (unless specified by the creator).


Public Domain: Creative work that is available for the public to use in any way, as the work is not protected by copyright.

How should you act in accordance with the rules above?

Fair Use: You come across the website of an artist whose work you really like. You want to post one of their artworks to your Tumblr or one of your Pinterest boards. You check the artist's copyright statement, and it says you may repost the work as long as you cite it.


Commercial Purposes: You are making a slideshow to advertise your sports team's fundraiser. You want to use a popular song in the background of your video, but you aren't allowed because you can't use someone else's copyrighted song to make a profit.


Copyright: When Beyonce's new CD came out, copyright laws prevented anyone from illegally downloading her music right away.


Creative Commons: A type of copyright that allows people to use the creator's work however they want, as long as they give the creator credit and do not profit from it (unless specified by the creator).


Public Domain: Creative work that is available for the public to use in any way, as the work is not protected by copyright.

Your Turn!

Students may create a slideshow, video, or poster featuring a bibliography and the work of an artist of you choice. Be sure your product is made in accordance with Fair Use and Copyright law.


* This activity may be adapted for any content area and may feature the bibliography and work of a person from literature, science, math, or history.

Citations

Fair Use (2007). Retrieved October 30, 2014, from

http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Fair_use_logo.svg


Gold Guys with Creative Commons Symbol (2008). Retrieved October 30, 2014, from

http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:LuMaxArt_Gold_Guys_With_Creative_Commons_Symbol.jpg


Public Domain (2009). Retrieved October 30, 2014, from

http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Public-domain-symbol.svg


Scope & Sequence (2014). Retrieved October 30, 2014, from

https://www.commonsensemedia.org/educators/scope-and-sequence