The Four Factors of Fair Use
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.
Warm Up: Copyright and Fair Use15 mins.
Explore: Fair and Square20 mins.
Debate: Sampling or Stealing15 mins.
Explain that Creative Commons licenses provide creators with a way for their work to be shared more freely than a traditional copyright license allows, but it still allows creators control over their work. Allow students to view the FAQ section of the Creative Commons website or watch the 90-second explanatory video. Ask students: Would you be interested in putting a Creative Commons license on something you created? If so, which license sounds appealing?