Intellectual Property

Because fair use is a right rather than a law, we offer the resources below (along withProfessional Development) to help staff become more comfortable in teaching about the gray area between copyright law and the process for presenting a case for fair use. Our commitment to teaching all aspects of intellectual property is also in alignment with the Common Core State Standards stance on college and career readiness:

“To be ready for college, workforce training, and life in a technological society, students need the ability to gather, comprehend, evaluate, synthesize, and report on information and ideas, to conduct original research in order to answer questions or solve problems, and to analyze and create a high volume and extensive range of print and non-print texts in media forms old and new. The need to conduct research and to produce and consume media is embedded into every aspect of today’s curriculum. In like fashion, research and media skills and understandings are embedded throughout the Standards rather than treated in a separate section.”


Avoiding Plagiarism

You Quote It, You Note It – Interactive slideshow on how to avoid plagiarism.

A Quick Guide to Plagiarism – This 8-minute video created by Cape Fear Community College (Wilmington, NC) covers the basics of what constitutes plagiarism.

BibMe – BibMe is an automated citation creator and bibliography generator that can save you loads of time building and formatting your references. Here’s a 90-second video introduction to show you how simple BibMe makes it to cite your sources.

Copyright Basics

Cyberbee’s Copyright Lessons and Resources – Excellent site for elementary students.

Copyright for Kids – From the Copyright Society of the U.S.A.

Copyright What’s Copyright? – Some basics – in a School House Rock format.

Fair Use Introduction

Classroom Resources for Copyright & Fair Use – A wiki created by high school librarian Joyce Valenza. Includes multiple links to copyright-free materials (images, music, video). Be sure to visit and learn about Creative Commons options for sharing original works – including your own student-created content.

Center for Social Media – Site explains the importance of “transformativeness” when building an argument for fair use through videos such as  User’s Rights, Section 107.

Tool for Reasoning Fair Use – This PDF form from Kristin Hokanson is a great organizer to help you build an argument for fair use. Kristin has also posted a Google form version of the reasoning tool.

A Fair(y) Tale  – This video remix from Stanford’s Center for Internet and Society is a great example of what “transformativeness” looks like.