LESSON: A Creator's Rights 
(est. Time 45 min.)

Essential Question: What rights do you have as a creator?

Students are introduced to copyright, fair use, and the rights they have as creators.

Students view the introductory video and explore the Key Vocabulary terms using the student handout. Students then explore the copyright history of the “Happy Birthday” song and create an original happy birthday song of their own. For the Extension Activity, students examine copyright licensing in depth by looking at the Creative Commons licensing symbols in the intro video.

Students will:
  • Understand that copyright is a legal system that protects their rights to creative work.
  • Compare different ways people license their copyrighted work.
  • Create an original song, perform it in front of the class, and reflect on their copyright for the song.

Teaching Resources:
  • Respecting Creative Work Student Intro (Video)
  • Teacher Backgrounder
  • 411 for Creators Student Handout
  • 411 for Creators Student Handout – Teacher Version
  • The Truth About “Happy Birthday” Student Handout
  • Copyright Detectives Student Handout (Extension Activity)
  • Copyright Detectives Student Handout – Teacher Version (Extension Activity)

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Mark Arnold,
Aug 21, 2011, 8:22 AM