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Piracy & Plagerism

Piracy or Intellectual Property refers to the ownership rights of materials, created, written, designed or expressed by individuals. These materials include music, games, movies, photos, and writing. Illegally downloading or sharing intellectual property without the permission of the creator is a crime punishable by law. (Info from CTAP)

Resources for Educators

The Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Media Literacy Education77 [PDF]
Released in Nov 08, this code of best practices defines five principles that represent the media literacy education community's current consensus about acceptable practices for fair use of copyrighted materials in the K-12 classroom. Lesson Plans for teaching about Copyright and Fair Use are available for download. Several excellent introductory videos help put an end to copyright confusion for educators who use mass media, popular culture and digital media to promote critical thinking and communication skills.

Join the C-Team
Comprehensive educational program that introduces the concept of intellectual property to students in grades K-5 with hands-on activities that enable them to discover the natural connection between copyright and creativity.

The B4UCopy educational program from the Business Software Alliance has a goal of raising awareness of copyright laws and reinforce responsible behavior online. Download the free curriculum for elementary and middle school students [B4UCopy.com/kids] or the high school curriculum [B4UCopy.org/teens] on copyright laws.

Self-Guided Flash Tutorial on Plagiarism
You Quote It, You Note It is an excellent 10-minute tutorial on plagiarism from Vaughan Memorial Library. With colorful graphics, sound and interactive checks for understanding, it is a great tool to use independently with students in elementary and middle school grades.

Exploring Plagiarism, Copyright and Paraphrasing
This lesson plan for Grades 6-8 was developed by the American Association of School Librarians and helps students understand copyright, fair use, and plagiarism. It includes PowerPoint ready-mades and other downloadable materials.

Debating Music Downloads
Interactive exploration of piracy issues related to music from the ThinkFinity web site and Read/Write/Think.

Copyright Web Site
Real world, practical and relevant copyright, fair use and public domain information. Topics are divided into copyright in the visual domain (movies, tv shows, photographs, screenplays, art, sculpture), copyright in the audio domain (musical compositions, lyrics, sound recordings) and copyright in the digital domain (web, Internet and software). Actual court cases are included. (Grade 9-12)

Resources for Parents

*Online-Safety Resources for the Home: File-sharing realities for families
This article from Netfamilynews helps parents understand the legal risks of kids file sharing on their home computers.

Young People, Music and the Internet
Accessing music online and via mobile phones has never been easier, but it does raise legal, security and ethical issues. This new guide for parents and teachers provides essential advice about how young people can get the best out of downloading and sharing music online and via mobile technology in a safe and legal way, as well as providing tips for discussion.

Help Kids Avoid Online Piracy & Illegal Downloads
From the folks at Microsoft: four ways to help your kids avoid pirating online files

Resources for Students

CopyRight Kids
Includes basic information on copyrights, useful links, a copyright quiz and information on how to register a copyright, from the Copyright Society of the USA. (Grades 5-12)

*Copyright with Cyberbee
Click on interactive questions and answers for a primer on copyright. The site also includes resources and lesson ideas for teachers. (Grades 3-8)

*Flash Tutorial on Plagiarism
A self-paced, illustrated tutorial from Acadia University. Designed to educate students about researching "ethically." (Grade 9-12)

A Fair(y) Use Tale
Professor Eric Faden of Bucknell University created this humorous, yet informative, review of copyright principles, delivered as a Disney Parody explanation of Copyright Law and Fair Use.

Copyright and Fair Use
Excellent guide from Stanford University Libraries on copyright and fair use.