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Students define public domain and provide examples of work in the public domain. They define copyright, provide examples of copyrighted materials, and state the procedure for securing copyright for their own work

New Review SOPA and PIPA

Your learners will be very interested to learn about the Stop Online Piracy Act and how copyright infringement was challenged by a bill introduced into the United States Congress in 2012. The video provides an overview of the the bill's major principles, as well as analyzes the language of the bill and implications of its specific wording.
Twelfth graders examine copyright issues through research and debate.   For this investigative lesson students get into groups and research the pros and cons of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act and present it to the class. 
Students examine the copyright lines in the books they use in class. They discover how to complete and send in their own copyright request to Washington D.C. They work on their composition as well.
Third graders examine basic copy right concepts when using technology based resources. They determine how copyright deters others from changing the creators' work. They identify how to comply with copyright and Fair Use guidelines using simulated situations.
In this language skills worksheet, students read an article about World Book and Copyright Day. Students respond to 6 matching questions, 29 fill in the blank questions, 30 multiple choice questions, 12 word scramble questions, 30 short answer questions, 1 graphic organizer question, and 1 essay question regarding the content of the article.
To prepare for a study of intellectual property rights, (or an assessment) introduce your learners to the legal concepts and key vocabulary associated with the debate. After defining intellectual property, copyright, fair use, and piracy, the class is presented with a list of items and asked to decide which items are examples of intellectual property, and a series of scenarios, and then they are asked to decide if the use is lawful or unlawful.
Ensure that your class knows all about giving credit where credit is due. Engage their interest with a brief conversation about creative work and a quick video about responsible use of the work of others. Then, give them some time in small groups to act as advertisers who need to select a photo for a campaign while considering copyright laws. Close the day with a review and reflection.
Students explore the "Copy Left" movement, then analyze and discuss the key legal issues regarding intellectual property and copyright legislation in the context of global communication and the Internet.
Learners share opinions about what constitutes fair use of copyright materials and participate in a mock trial arguing the case of The Authors Guild v. Google.
Students discuss copyright issues and how technological advancements have affected music.
Students examine fair use. In this character education lesson, students discover copyright and fair use laws regarding media. Students discuss the ethics of movie and music sharing.
Students compose original lyrics for a "Round". They develop a copyright, a recording company, and CD covers for their original pieces. They teach these "rounds" to students in their choral music class.
Learners read about copyright laws and review case studies to determine fair use of materials. in this copyright law lesson plan, students participate in mock trials regarding fair use of video and music. Learners discuss and analyze the outcomes in their trials and the actual court cases.
Students explore the meaning of copyright and copyright issues surrounding the use of downloaded music.
Students create a video on copyright laws. In this copyright and piracy lesson plan, students view a presentation and make their own presentation on the copyright infringement laws.
Middle schoolers discuss the history and developments in digital music. They discuss and debate the legality of downloading copyrighted digital music.
Student identify three consequences of plagiarism by using the Internet. They discuss copyright laws and learn how to paraphrase. They explain the difference between paraphrasing and summarizing.
Before you begin this lesson, note that it revolves around learners reading and finishing personal novels. If that's what your class is preparing to do, this is a great way to get creative and technological with literature analysis. Readers learn about theme and mood concepts in novels, and then choose a novel to read. Then, they create book trailers using the online program Animoto (linked), convincing classmates to read the novel. Use this as an opportunity to review copyright policies as students include visuals and sound in their trailers. There are no worksheets, so you may want to create a guideline. Also, it would make a good independent reading response project to present to the class.
In this book parts worksheet, 5th graders examine the parts of a book including the title page, the copyright page, the table contents, and the glossary. They use the book parts that are shown to answer 15 short answer questions.

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