Copyright, Fair Use and Safe Searching
See also this page for other info on copyright




Other videos:
Copyright? What's Copyright? - cartoon video with music that students will love to watch and even sing to!
Fair Use for Media Literacy Education - video explaining fair use

The Code of Best Practices

To understand what fair use is and what is allowed (or not allowed,) read The Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Media Literacy and view the video. It is important for educators to understand the laws of fair use and copyright so that they can effectively implement programs educating their students on media literacy. As you read the report and view the video, think about what you had believed fair use meant to you as an educator and what it means to you now. Here is the actual pdf of the Code of Best Practices in Fair Use. Great resource!

You may wish to review the following lesson plans and activities from PBS that involve students in investigating citation and copyright law as well as the issue of plagiarism and the Internet.


Citing Internet Resources

To find style formats for resource citation, as well as advice on instructing your students, go to Ready Reference and Copyright Sources and scroll down to Copyright and Citation Resources. You should take some time to go through the resources provided and take notes, as you may wish to incorporate this information into your course project.

The Modern Language Association (MLA), the American Psychological Association (APA), and other academic style guides have come up with formats for attributing different sources of information. Visit these sites to see how electronic resources should be attributed.

Then, try one of the new automatic citation–maker tools available on the Web.



Safe Searching




Final Word: The main thing to remember about all of this is that Copyright and Fair Use is not black and white - it never was. Digital and web-based media have made it even more complicated with access to so much 'free' stuff on the web. That's why we need to focus on the Creative Commons movement...the people who created the item get to set the usage for it. You are then clear on what you need to do, how to do it and who gets credit for it.