Copyright and Fair Use: Information and Lesson Plans
Copyright Infringment or Not? The Debate over Downloading Music
A complete unit to help students explore all aspects of the controversy surrounding sampling and fair use. Includes online video. Scroll to the bottom for an educator guide, discussion questions, and printable handouts.
Attribution, in the form of a thorough "Works Cited" section of a document or project, does NOT guarantee full copyright compliance in the United States. Judges ruling on intellectual property cases never write, "The defendant created a great bibliography, so I find find him not guilty of these charges."
We would never accept the following entry in a written, student bibliography in a research paper: "I found this information in the school library."
We should not accept student media projects which include similar, non-specific attribution statements like "Images from Google" or "Images from Flickr."