10 Resources for Teaching and Learning About Copyright & Fair Use

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.

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About Bernard Bull

Dr. Bernard Bull is an author, host of the MoonshotEdu Show, professor of education, AVP of Academics, and Chief Innovation officer. Some of his books include Missional Moonshots: Insights and Inspiration for Educational Innovation, What Really Matters: Ten Critical Issues in Contemporary Education, The Pedagogy of Faith (editor), and Adventures in Self-Directed Learning. He is passionate about futures in education, educational innovation, alternative education, and nurturing agency and curiosity.