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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 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
Students examine the concepts of copyright and intellectual property by copying graphic files manually and digitally, and analyzing Web site copyright disclaimers. They create a technology product focusing on some aspect of copyright.
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.
Twelfth graders examine copyright issues through research and debate.   In 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. 
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.
Young scholars examine the issues surrounding intellectual copyrights. They research the examples of DVD and CD piracy and participate in a class discussion about the related ethics.
Twelfth graders examine copyright issues in the information age, through research and an informal debate of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). Students also write a reflection paper on the DMCA based on their personal beliefs and information gleaned from their research.
When we use images or ideas from the Internet, we might be infringing on someone's rights. Give your class the opportunity to understand copyright and creator's rights as they evaluate fair and legal use of media found online. As they explore intellectual property, public domain, and plagiarism, they also explore how media resources can, and should, be cited. The lesson includes two distinct activities, video links, and addresses Common Core standards.
Seventh graders participate in digital citizenship case studies involving intellectual property and copyright issues such as plagiarism, software installation, Web content and trademarks. They discuss ethical and unethical decisions about the case studies in the context of their homes and schools.
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.
Students 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 pretend to devise an Internet based game that is copied and distributed by someone else. With a partner, they role play situations in which their work is copied, and discuss legal and illegal copyright situations. Using Internet sources they research Fair Use and Public Domain.
Young scholars discuss copyright issues and how technological advancements have affected music.
Students examine fair use. In this character education instructional activity, students discover copyright and fair use laws regarding media. Students discuss the ethics of movie and music sharing.
High schoolers 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.
Students examine the role of citizen journalism, freedom of the press, and the First Amendment. They analyze the results of an Internet survey, discuss the ethics of downloading copyrighted material on the Internet, and write a news story.
Learners read about copyright laws and review case studies to determine fair use of materials. in this copyright law lesson, 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.

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