A Teachers Guide to Fair Use and Copyright

Best Resources to Learn about Copyright

copyrightconfusion - home

  • Copyright and fair use issues are definitely things that concern teachers. Many factors have contributed to the culture of fear and uncertainty -- but now there are resources available that enable educators to feel more confident in their use of copyrighted materials -- including websites, images, movies, news media, advertising, online resources and popular culture -- to build students' critical thinking and communication skills.

Copyright Guidelines

  • The following is a "work in progress" designed to help Jeffco staff members understand and abide by the rules of copyright protection. The guidelines are based on the Copyright Law and subsequent guidelines, amendments and endorsements.

Copyright Issues

Copyright Sites for Teachers and Students

  • With the greatly expanded opportunities for instruction, research, and publishing offered by the World Wide Web, teachers often find themselves challenged by legal and ethical questions concerning the use of copyrighted material in the classroom. “Do I need to get permission to use an image off the Web in a PowerPoint presentation?” “Can I use a picture if it doesn’t have the copyright symbol on it?” “Can I post images of works of art on the Web for students to study?” Answers to these and other important copyright questions are not always easy to come by. They require gaining a clear understanding of copyright law in order to make informed decisions about what you and your students are allowed to do in the classroom with original content created by others.

Creative Thinking Home - Copyright Info & Lessons

  • NKU's W. Frank Steely Library is pleased to present class lessons, films, and activities on plagiarism and copyright awareness for the classroom, funded by a generous grant from the Cincinnati Bar Foundation. Collaborative community support was provided by NKU, the University of Louisville, and regional partners such as CET (Greater Cincinnati Television Educational Foundation), KYVL (Kentucky Virtual Library), and the Campbell County (Ky.) Public Library.

Fair Use, copyrights, plagiarism . . . What does it all mean? - Vermilion Parish Schools

  • Great web site filled with many links

Computer Ethics Quiz

  • How well do you know the rules of computer ethics? Find out here.

EconEd Link - Online Music

  • Online lesson concerning downloading music.

Free Technology for Teachers: Comprehensive Lesson Plans for Teaching Copyright

Kathy Schrock's Guide for Educators - Ready Reference & Copyright Source

Plagiarism Checkers: 5 Free Websites To Catch The Copycats
  • Many tools exist which help us in sidestepping prickly copyright issues. The professional ones are of course potent, spiffy and dollar loving. The free ones may not be too much on looks but without a pinch they are adequate for the blogger world. Here at MakeUseOf, we have previously covered quite a few content tracking web services. Here are five more for the armory.
Truth and Reconciliation for Plagiarizers
  • Great article on Plagiarism.

Web Quest - Plagerism

  • A Hotlist & Lesson Plan for 8 - 12 th Grade (Interdisciplinary Library Skills/ English/Social Studies)

Welcome | Teaching Copyright

  • Kids and teens are bombarded with messages from a myriad of sources that using new technology is high-risk behavior. Downloading music is compared to stealing a bicycle — even though many downloads are lawful. Making videos using short clips from other sources is treated as probably illegal — even though many such videos are also lawful.

Welcome To The FACE Kids Site

  • What is copyright? Copyright Basics & FAQ's. The Copyright Challenge Quiz. And many more links