Grade 7

The Four Factors of Fair Use

What rights to fair use do you have as a creator?

Kids can be voracious consumers -- and creators -- of media, and it's easier than ever for them to find and share digital content online. But do middle schoolers know about concepts like fair use, copyright, and public domain? Give students a framework they can use to better understand how fair use works in the real world.

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Learning Objectives:
  • Define the terms "copyright," "public domain," and "fair use."
  • Identify the purpose of the Four Factors of Fair Use.
  • Apply fair use to real-world examples, making a case for or against.
Key Vocabulary: copyright  ·  fair use  ·  public domain  ·  sampling
legal protection that creators have over the things they create
fair use:
the ability to use copyrighted work without permission, but only in certain ways and in specific situations
public domain:
creative work that's not copyrighted and free to use without permission
reworking a portion of a song or sound recording into a new composition
News & Media Literacy
This lesson meets standards for Common Core ELACASELAASLand ISTESee standards

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