Inspired by a recent Twitter chat on the subject, here are ten sources to use for teaching (and learning) about fair use and copyright.
1. Understanding Fair Use in the Digital World – When we start to teach about copyright, we can approach it by starting with what we can do or what we cant’ do. I happen to be a fan of starting with what we can do by teaching “fair use.” This is a good introduction to the topic.
2. Teaching Copyright – This site includes 5 60-minute lesson to teach about copyright and fair use. It is accurate, well designed, and ready to use with students.
3. YouTube Copyright School – Do you want to teach copyright through high-interest video and some checks for understanding? if so, this might be a good option for you.
4. Fair Use Tool – Use this tool to determine whether your usage scenario is fair use.
5. Copyright Web Site – If you are looking for copyright case studies and examples to use with your students, this is an excellent resource.
6. PBS Learning Media Copyright Lessons – This site has series of ready-made, high-interest lessons on copyright and fair use, designed and labeled for different ages.
7. A Fairy Use Tale – No lesson in fair use is complete without this video.
8. Flickr – The Commons and The Library of Congress American Memory – If we are going to teach about copyright, why not include finding some great sources, like these two sites, for accessing public domain resources?
9. Find Creative Commons Resources - This is a great search engine for finding resources that you can “use, share and remix.”
10 Fair Use Letter Generator and Creative Common Attribution- Part of teaching copyright and fair use is learning how to request and gain the rights to use something…as well as how to give attribution. These sites will help.