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Copyright 101: For Teachers
Presented by Steven Pottenger this short video presents the basics about copyright briefly and clearly. Produced in 2004 by the Minnesota State College and University System. 3:47 minutes
Copyright: User Rights, Section 107
A lively video that focuses on the Fair Use aspect of copyright. From the Media Education Lab at Temple University. Lesson plans and teaching activities also available. 3:11 minutes
Copyright, What's Copyright?
Created by the Media Lab at Temple University this musical video talks about balancing the rights of copyright owners with copyright users. 3:41 minutes.
Exploring Copyrights and Wrongs
This 6 minute video shows a lesson for grades 9-12 that examines what copyright is and how it applies to student lives. A project of the Teaching Channel and Common Sense Media.
Fair Use: A Window on Copyrighted Content
Developed by MIT Libraries this 10-minute tutorial uses the acronym PANE to identify the four Fair Use factors (Purpose, Amount, Nature and Effect on market). It provides some examples of how to think about these factors.
Fair(y) Use Tale
Professor Eric Faden of Bucknell University created this humorous, yet informative, review of copyright principles delivered through the words of Disney that has sponsored the extension of copyright terms. 10 minutes.
How YouTube Thinks About Copyright
In this 2010 TED talk Margaret Gould Stewart from YouTube discusses how the content ID system used by YouTube identifies copyrighted content. She points out how liberal usage policies by copyright holders can encourage creativity. 5 minutes.
Larry Lessig on Laws that Choke Creativity
In this 2007 TED talk lawyer Larry Lessig discusses how current copyright law is "strangling creativity." In this 20 minute video Lessig's talk points to the need for Creative Commons.
A Shared Culture
Using interviews with developers of Creative Commons interspersed with art, photos, music and other work available through Creative Commons this video focuses on how the sharing of work through Creative Commons can encourage more creativity.
Understanding Fair Use in a Digital World
A six-minute video that presents a lesson for grades 6 to 8 that explores copyright vocabulary, the concept of fair use and using evidence to support an argument. A project of the Teaching Channel and Common Sense Media.
What is Creative Commons? Wanna Work Together RG Remix
Brief description of Creative Commons, including some copyright basics. 3:14 minutes.
YouTube Copyright School
A five minute video that discusses copyright basics as they apply to posting material on YouTube.