Legal Use of Digital Media


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  • Protects the work or material that is owned or created by a specific person or company.
  • In today's fast pace society it can be very tempting and easy to go online and copy work that is not your own and place it somewhere else.
  • Copyright laws enable someone to sue someone else in court if they feel thier information has been stolen.
  • With the decreasing economy more and more people are making claims that someone has violated copyright laws regarding thier materials.
  • Learning the copyright laws early on can prevent you from being the one standing in front of the judge.

Teacher Recommendations for Copyright:
  • Educate students on copyright laws early and often.
  • Explain the difference between stealing someone's information and using it to create a new project.
  • Practice appropriate citation methods such as MLA or APA when students write papers or complete research assignments.
  • Strictly enforce plagiarism policies in your classroom.

Fair Use

  • This refers to giving credit where credit should be given.
  • When using protected material such as texts, sounds and images there is a very meticulous set of rules.
  • Fair Use describes the way in which protected materials can be used in a way that still abides by copyright laws.

There are four factors that measure fair use...
  1. The Transformative Factor - Was the material used to assist in making something new or was it simply copied and placed into another work?
  2. The Nature of the Copyrighted Work - There is more freedom when copying something that is informational compared to copying something that is fictional.
  3. The Amount and Substantiality of the Portion Taken - The less material you use the better chance it will be excused as a fair use.
  4. The Effect of the Use Upon the Potential Market - Does your use of this material take away from the income of its owner?

Here is a fun video for the kids that explains copyright laws and fair use.

´╗┐Creative Commons

  • Creative Commons is a non-profit corporation.
  • Their main purpose serves to help people share and add on to the work of others while still abiding by the rules and laws of copyright.
  • Creative Commons provides its users with free legal tools such as licenses that enable them to determine the amount or lack of freedom they want their created work to carry.

Check out the Creative Commons Website