Copyrights and Intellectual Property Rights
Intellectual property rights arises frequently if you or your students conduct research, incorporate another's document (of any type) or publish on the Web. Here are some resources that can help you and your students.
The U.S. Copyright Office has information on copyrights and fair use for the United States.
Copyright Law and You!
Tara Miller has created a great video aimed at middle school students. It looks at the history of copyright law, gives examples of fair use and describes "Public Domain".
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An interesting article exploring what is and is not Fair Use, having students get permission of the Copyright holders, and "what to do when THE SHOW MUST GO ON."
YouTube Copyright School
Where Russell learns some valuable lessons about copyright.
While the video is aimed at YouTube copyright issues, it brings up a number of copyright issues common across all forms of communication. Makes a great introductory video.
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Brad Templeton explores what could be the 10 biggest excuses for "appropriating" copyright material.
Public domain images are considered to be free of copyrights. Consequently, such images may be used freely for any application. But that is not necessarily true. This articles looks at things like implied endorsements, model releases and the difference between editorial and commercial use.
The Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL) provides acceptable formats for citing cite online sources.
They suggest that it is always a good idea to maintain personal copies of electronic information, when possible. It is good practice to print or save web pages or, better, create an Acrobat .pdf copies of your source material so you always have your own copies for future reference.
Bellingham Schools can be used as a model for a Copyright and Web Publishing policy.
The world's clearinghouse on intellectual property rights, World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), is located in Switzerland.
The Stanford Copyright & Fair Use Center covers this issue in-depth, including fair use, what's public domain, and resources for librarians.
Creative Commons defines the spectum of licensing possibilities between full copyright and the public domain.
Learning about copyrights and proper citation rules is a requisite skill for your students regardless of the media.
There are a number of sources that provide royalty free music. Royalty Free Music Room is an example where you can purchase rights to use a song or music track for a small fee.