Copyright and AUP Virtual Lesson


1. Watch A Fair(y) Use Tale (10 minutes)

2. Read Understanding Copyright by Renee Hobbs, Katie Donnelly and Sandra Braman. A four page article on the basics of copyright and fair use.

3. Go to the VA Society Technology Educators (VSTE) Webinars webpage and watch the archived recording of the Thursday, January 17, 2013, 8 PM: Criminal or Inventive: Dispelling myths about using copyright materials in education. (Side Note: VSTE is free to join and they always have interesting technology itemss to help you teach.) (60 minutes)

4. Complete the Copyright Check - This is a one question scenario of a real life education copyright situation. I have included the text from the question below for you to consider. Please submit your response using the linked Google Form.

An American Sign Language teacher would like to do a project where students choose a popular song, convert the lyrics to American Sign Language, and create a music video that incorporates the student signing the lyrics. The music videos must also incorporate some educational theme. For example, a student might include elements discussing teen suicide prevention along with the signing of the lyrics. The students must own the song that they choose or be able to acquire it legally. The students finished music videos will be shown to the class and posted on the school's password protected webpage. (Password protected means that only parents, students, and faculty have access.)

Can the teacher do this project with students or is their a copyright concern? Please make sure you justify your answer using the criteria of copyright and fair use.

5. Complete the Copyright Video Project. - Due 4:30 PM, Tuesday, April 16th.

Other resources to help you understand Copyright and Fair Use:

Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Media Literacy Education. A six minute video that is optional for you to watch. It helps explain fair use.
A good website that also has some Copyright and Fair Use materials.
A good worksheet for students to work through when considering a use of a copyrighted material.