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Homeroom Module:
Copyright Issues

"To promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts, by securing for limited Times to Authors and Inventors the exclusive Right the their respective Writings and Discoveries."
      - U.S. Constitution, Article 1 Section 8

  1. Read the following sections on copyright:
    • The basics
    • The law
    • Creating a copyright
    • Penalties for copyright violation
    • Fair use
    • Photocopying under the Fair Use Doctrine
    • Copyright of software
    • Works in the public domain

  2. Gather additional information from the following sources:
    • Copyright chart (pdf)
      This is a great chart for educators from Learning & Technology, designed to inform teachers of what they may do under the law.
    • Templeton's 10 Myths about Copyright
      Read this! It sets the record straight about many false notions the general public has on the topic of copyright.
    • US Copyright Office Home Page
      This site has a good section on Copyright Basics, as well as the official government publications and forms on copyright law.
    • A Sample Set of Copyright Guidelines
      An FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) document that reviews the copyright guidelines set by AT&T's Virtual Classroom web site.
    • Illustrative Scenarios A set of scenarios on potential copyright violations in the classroom setting. Designed for higher education, but covers several situations encountered in high school and elementary school settings.
    • Internet and Electronic Rights Issues
      Several articles on copyright in the electronic realm, including some case studies of recent lawsuits.
    • How to Cite a Web Site
      The MLA's recommendations on web citations. Includes several examples.
    • United States Code, Chapter 17 (copyright)
      This is the law enacted by the House of Representatives. Dry reading, but included here for the sake of completeness.

  3. In a small group, choose one or more of the following activities:
  4. Next, take a quiz on the materials you have learned.
    Here is another good quiz, from Technology & Learning

  5. Lastly, please evaluate this module.

Mentors: refer to the Teacher's Guide for further information about this module.

WIT Homeroom Module developed by Marty Billingsley


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