Copyright, Fair Use, & Creative Commons

October 21, 2013 § Leave a comment

Housekeeping: Let’s take a moment and breathe. We have come far in the semester. We have only four class meetings left in October. Here is the plan for the rest of October:

  • Today: Copyright and Plagiarism
  • Wednesday, Friday, Monday: Creativity Cases
  • Next Wednesday: 20% project Independent work day (BTW, How is your 20% project going? How is your social media identity project going? What are you doing to meet your immediate and distal goals?)
  • Friday: Fall break, no classes
  • November: Problem solving and critical thinking month (We will cover SMART Board on November 18)

PART 1: STOP animation video red carpet premier

You have worked hard for the past five days to produce something creative and educational. I hope your collaboration experience was fruitful. I look forward to reading your short essay on student-generated educational videos. Have you embedded your YouTube video on your Portfolio? If you are not sure how to do it, let me know.

Let’s watch your wonderful creations of STOP Animation videos together. Make sure to post your videos on our Facebook group so that we can all view, like, and comment.

you will create a video response on her talk. Ms. Paek’s talk would be critical for you to prepare your responses. You can choose three questions from the following questions. Record your video responses using a tool called Flipgrid.

  1. What are some purposes of measuring creativity?
  2. Why should schools foster creativity in today’s students?
  3. What are some ways to foster creativity in students who are not motivated at school?
  4. How can you foster creativity in a school environment in which you receive little support from administrators and other teachers?
  5. What are some strategies for teachers to foster creativity in themselves? ?
  6. What are some specific examples of technology integration that can be used for fostering students’ creativity?

This is individual assignment to do at home. To record your video responses, you will need a computer with a web cam. If you do not have the computer with web cam, you can check out a laptop with a built-in camera from the Office of Instructional Technology (Aderhold 228). Yes, they do loan MacBooks and PCs, too.

1. Go to our EDIT2000 Grid.

2. You do not need to sign in.

3. Click on the question box that you chose to respond.

4. Click on the big green + button to begin.

5. Snap a thumbnail photo using your web cam. (There are multiple filter options to have a little fun and get aligned with the webcam).

6. Record your video response (up to 90 seconds).

7. If you didn’t get it right at the first time, you can record as many times as you need, and submit your video.

This is due by Wednesday at the beginning of class.

PART 2: Copyright, Fair Use, Plagiarism, and Creative Commons

The photo you take, the video you make, your e-portfolio and photoblog and now your stop animation project…all these things are like your babies.  You spend a lot of time and energy in, right?  Think about other products that we are using in our daily life now.  Do you respect the copyright?  Do you know anything about plagiarism?  How will you think if you find out others using your products or assignment without telling you?  Have you ever downloaded songs, movies or other media products illegally?  Do you buy the software?  Do you copy and paste texts from the websites to your papers?  There are so many things that can break the rules.

What is Plagiarism?

According to UGA’s “A Culture of Honesty“, plagiarism is defined as ”submission for academic advancement the words, ideas, opinions or theories of another that are not common knowledge, without appropriate attribution to that other person.” This is same as STEALING other’s property.

If you take other’s work (plagiarism), it is unethical (of course!) but also most times you end up breaking copyright law, which means it is illegal.

What is copyright law?

A form of protection to the authors of original works of authorship, including literary, dramatic, musical, artistic, and certain other intellectual works” (US Copyright Office, 2012).

With the advent of the Internet, people can easily access and copy others’ works without knowing if they are protected by copyright. However, most Web content is copyrighted. Thus, if you use the Web content without proper citation or attribution, you are committing plagiarism and violating the law. To use any copyrighted media such as images, music, and videos, you need to get a permission from the creator.

Teachers should be clearly aware of copyright so that they do not break the law when designing their class and looking for web resources for their class. Also, it is very IMPORTANT for teachers to teach students this as one of the 21st century skills. If you want to know more about copyright, you may want to read this article (only 2 pages and it should worth it!).

Why do you think these concerns are especially important in the 21st century?  Let’s watch the two videos.

Digital Citizenship in the 21sct Century

Creative Commons

Creative Commons Images
Flikr is a good place to search for creative commons images.
Google Images also let you search for copyright free images.

Then, how would you cite a photo from the web? You need to provide the following information:

  • The creator/author
  • The title
  • The URL where the work is hosted (if available)
  • The type of license

Here are some more resources related to this topic.

A Fair(y) Use Tale: A witty video on YouTube that shows the extreme of fair use using Disney movies fairly.

Creative Commons: How to license your work and find resources that you can use with permission

Google Advance Image Search: Where you can find images to use with permission Where you can find whether you break the rule of plagiarism  Similar to Turnitin, but free


  • Read Shively, C.H., (2011). Grow Creativity. Learning & Leading with Technology. 38 (7), pp. 10-15.  You can access the reading here. The article is in the May 2011 issue.
  • Keep the dialogues goings with your peers in 20% blogs.
  • We will begin the creativity cases.

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