Copyright Information for Educators

Copyright Confusion/Copyright Clarity wiki
Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Media Literacy Education from the Media Education Lab at Temple University
Copyright, Fair Use & Intellectual Property for Educators from Wesley Fryer
"Best Practices Help End Copyright Confusion" (large pdf)
by Renee Hobbs, published in NCTE's Council Chronicle, March 2009, pp. 12-13, 27
NCTE's Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Media Literacy Education
The Educator's Guide to Copyright and Fair Use from Education World
A Visit to Copyright Bay
Copyright Crash Course from the University of Texas
Podcasting Legal Guide from Creative Commons
A Brief Guide to the TEACH Act from the Copyright Clearance Center
CopyRight Quiz from California State University, Sacramento
Copyright Scavenger Hunt from Winthrop University

Copyright Law

The Digital Copyright Slider shows how copyright laws have changed over the years
The Copyright Society of the U.S.A.
Copyright Website
Copyright and Fair Use Overview from Stanford University Libraries
Copyright Resources from Indiana University
Copyright and Fair Use and Frequently Asked Questions (and Answers) about Copyright and Fair Use from Chilling Effects Clearinghouse - a joint project of the Electronic Frontier Foundation and Harvard, Stanford, Berkeley, University of San Francisco, University of Maine, George Washington School of Law, and Santa Clara University School of Law clinics
Reproduction of Copyrighted Works by Educators and Librarians from the U.S. Copyright Office

Determining Fair Use

Fair Use Checklist (link to pdf ) from Dr. Kenneth Crews, Colombia University Libraries/Information Services: Copyright Advisory Office
Explanation of Fair Use from the U.S. Copyright Office
Fair Use Frequently Asked Questions (and Answers) from the Electronic Frontier Foundation
Fair Use from the Center for Social Media at the American University School of Communication
Documentary Filmmakers' Statement of Best Practices in Fair Use from the Center for Social Media
Recut, Reframe, Recycle - examples of "transformativeness" from the Center for Social Media
Fair Use Evaluator from the ALA Office for Information Technology Policy

Copyright Sites for Students

Taking the Mystery Out of Copyright from the Library of Congress
Fair Use Travelogue interactive from ReadWriteThink
Copyright Kids developed by Friends of Active Copyright Education (FA©E) to teach school-age children the basics of copyright law
Copyright on the Web interactive site from CyberBee with questions and answers about intellectual property and fair use
Comic Book about Copyright, Fair Use, and Creative Commons - from Duke University School of Law

Copyright-Friendly Resources

Copyright-friendly Images and Sound from Joyce Valenza's Virtual Library


Flickr's Creative Commons Portal
Flickr Creative Commons - Attribution Only Search
FlickrStorm (save CC images with a URL)
Compfight: A Flickr Search Tool
Wikimedia Commons
Google Advanced Image Search (select Usage Rights)


Free Music Archive
PodSafe Audio
Sound Bible
Royalty Free Music
Jamendo (searchable by Creative Commons license type)
Wolfram Tones
Vimeo Music Store

ccMixter (listen, sample, mash-up, or interact with Creative Commons licensed music)
The Freesound Project (database of Creative Commons licensed sounds)
Penmachine Podcast (free MP3 instrumental music)
MYBYTES: Music Mixer (mix, publish, and share your own songs/ringtones)
Monkey Machine (free online drum machine for creating drum loops)
SpinXpress (video, audio, and images)

Lesson Plans

Teaching about Copyright and Fair Use

From the Media Education Lab 's Copyright Clarity: How Fair Use Supports Digital Learning by Renee Hobbs
Lesson Plans for High School, College, and Graduate Education
Document the Fair-Use Reasoning Process
Tool for Supporting the Fair Use Reasoning Process from the Copyright Confusion/Copyright Clarity wiki

Teaching Copyright

Teaching Copyright lessons from the Electronic Frontier Foundation

Copyright and the Classroom

Curriculum from the Copyright Alliance Education Foundation

Copyright Uncovered

Lesson plan and presentation from

Copyright Criminals Documentary

Copyright Criminals aired on PBS: IndependentLens
The film explores sampling in the music industry, the question of fair use
There is also a Discussion Guide and a series of Lesson Plans to accompany the video modules below
Teachers can request the free Community Classroom video modules and curricula on DVD here
Click here to download the Copyright Criminals Educator Guide (large pdf)

Copyright Lessons from ReadWriteThink

Technology and Copyright Law: A "Futurespective" (grades 6-8)
Copyright Law: From Digital Reprints to Downloads (grades 6-8)
Students as Creators: Exploring Copyright (grades 6-8)
Students as Creators: Exploring Multimedia (grades 6-8)
Exploring Plagiarism, Copyright, and Paraphrasing (grades 6-8)
Campaigning for Fair Use: Public Service Announcements on Copyright Awareness (grades 6-8)
Copyright Infringement or Not? The Debate over Downloading Music (grades 9-12) is a joint project of the International Reading Association and the National Council of Teachers of English

Digital Citizenship and Creative Content

A Teacher's Guide

Citation Tools

Son of Citation Machine