Rights, Remixes, and Respect (9-12)
Students reflect on the differences between taking inspiration from the creative work of others and appropriating that work without permission. Students review their knowledge of copyright and fair use, and examine a case study involving the appropriation of music by a popular band. Students then form groups in which they role-play different stakeholders in the music industry, and then debate the ethical and legal issues involved in using other people’s creative work in practices such as remixes and sampling.
Students will be able to ...
- define the key concepts of inspiration, appropriation, copyright, and fair use and examine how they relate to creative work.
- understand the legal and ethical debates that surround using other people’s creative work.
- consider the perspectives of the original creator, potential audiences, and the broader community when using others’ material.
Alignment with Standards
Common Core State Standards:
Grades 9-10: RL.1, RL.2, RL.4, RL.7, RL.8, RL.10, RI.1, RI.2, RI.4, RI.10, W.2a-f, W.4, W.5, W.10, SL.1a-d, SL.2, SL.3, SL.5, L.4a, L.6
Grades 11-12: RL.1, RL.2, RL.4, RL.7, RL.8, RL.10, RI.1, RI.2, RI.4, RI.10, W.2a-f, W.4, W.5, W.10, SL.1a-d, SL.2, SL.3, SL.5, L.4a, L.6
1c, 1d, 2a, 2d, 3a, 3b, 3d, 4a, 4c, 5a-d