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Copyright or CopyWRONG?

Discuss these common classroom situations:

Scenario Set 1:

Part A: Your students will be studying the Holocaust next Tuesday. You check out Schindler’s List from the public library to show your class and discuss.

Part B: Your honors English students all did very well on their exams last week. You check out a copy of Freedom Writers from the library to show your students as a treat.

Part C: You plan an event to promote a new sociology club. You check out a copy of Devil’s Playground from the library to play in the hallway for people as they pass by your new club table.

Scenario Set 2:

Part A: You like to play music at the beginning and end of class. You bring in and play CDs from your personal collection to play in class.

Part B: You decide that it’s too difficult to keep changing the CDs that you use at the beginning and end of class.  You burn the 6 songs you use the most to a single CDs from your personal collection at home to play in class.

Part C: Your students tell you that they really enjoy the music you play in class.  You burn multiple copies of the music to hand out to your students.

Scenario 3:

You pass out a handout to your entire class with the text of one of Shakespeare’s Sonnets.

Scenario Set 4:

Part A: You create a PowerPoint presentation and insert images you found using the Google Image search. You attribute all of the images to their copyright holders. You show this presentation to your class.

Part B: You create a PowerPoint presentation and insert images you found using the Google Image search. You attribute all of the images to their copyright holders. You post this presentation to your website.

Scenario Set 5:

Part A: You hear that the History Channel is going to have a program on Stonehenge. You tape the show and a week later you show it to your class as part of a history lesson. 

Part B: A year later you show the “Stonehenge” video you taped from the History Channel to your new history class.

Copyright Case Studies

Case Study 1:

You work for an elementary school that is planning on starting a new “green” initiative for the students in the next couple of months.  They would be learning about recycling, gardening, and saving electricity.  You have been asked to create promotional materials that will tie the new program the Green Lantern comic book character.  All of the posters and brochures will include the Green Lantern logo with the new program’s slogan, “Join the Green Team!”

Case Study 2:

Your school has purchased software licenses for Adobe Photoshop for CS6 for the high school computer lab in support of the digital publishing / graphic design class.  As the instructor for this class you’ll need to work on the projects from home and want to load a copy of the software package on your computer at home.

Case Study 3:

You are leading an extra-curricular young adult book discussion group.  The group recently read the book, The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton.  During the discussion the teens discussed how much they connected with a poem featured in the novel: "Nothing Gold Can Stay," by Robert Frost.  You want to use the entire text of this poem as part of a promotional poster for the next round of book discussion titles.

Case Study 4:

Your 8th grade spirit squad wants to plan a “flash mob” in the school cafeteria to promote the upcoming pep rally.  They want to play the song “Eye of the Tiger” during the performance and post the finished video to YouTube. 

Case Study 5:

You run the hospitality vocational program at your high school.  The students decide that they want to create a compilation of their favorite recipes and sell the cookbook as a fundraising activity.  The cookbook would include family recipes, recipes that they created in class, and favorite recipes out of cookbooks.  They would attribute the source for each recipe. 

Applying the Framework

Walk through each piece of this case study using "A Framework for Analyzing a Copyright Use".  Determine which elements would be considered compliant, which elements would not be compliant, and why:

You are a teacher preparing a lesson on the weather.

You have located images from Flickr. They align perfectly with the material you want to address with the class so you decide to download and use them.

At the start of the first lesson you play the song, “Weather Dude” that came on a CD when you purchased the book, Sing Along with the Weather Dude.

You check out a copy of the film, Clouds and Patterns of the Weather, from the library and plan to show the entire film (21 minutes) on the day you cover cloud formation.

You make enough photocopies for the entire class of the “Extreme Weather” chapter out of the book, Weather: A Visual Guide, c2008.  You hand out the copies on the day you discuss tornadoes and hurricanes.

You require your students to complete the following assignment:

Choose one of the following topics from the weather chapter: clouds, tornados, tsunamis, lake effect snow, or lightning.
Create a PowerPoint presentation that summarizes major points learned about the topic.  The PowerPoint must include at least 1 video and photographs to illustrate bullet points taken from the textbook.
Narrate the presentation in front of the class.

At the end of the presentations you have the students perform “The Weather Dude” song.

You will tape their presentations and post them on YouTube as part of your school’s YouTube channel.