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Follow the link below to a site teaching learners about copyright.   Just in time for the PAT!   Applicable to gr 10 – 12.

Read the following extract from the lesson on the definition of copyright:

“Notes for the Educator

Over the course of two centuries, copyright has evolved into a particularly complex body of law. But the essential concerns that led the Founders to include copyright in the Constitution but limit its scope are very much a part of the modern debate about copyright and its role in culture, commerce, creativity, technology, and learning.

 Lesson 1 is designed to help you give students a framework and vocabulary for exploring copyright and technology in the subsequent lessons. The Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) documents and the additional readings will help you respond to most student questions and identify discussion subtopics that will be particularly relevant to your classroom.

 Additional Context

Copyright law is all about balance. Copyright laws give creators the right to be compensated for many uses of their works as well as the ability to control many uses of their works. However, those rights are limited in time and scope, in order to ensure that the public is able to access and re-use creative works in new and interesting ways. Thus, while copyright is often narrowly discussed in terms of restrictions, there are aspects of the law that exist to facilitate the rights and freedoms of (re)users as well as those of the original creators. These permissive aspects of copyright law include the fair use doctrine (which permits use of copyrighted material under many circumstances) and the public domain (into which copyright works “fall” when the copyright term ends) and are vital components of any discussion of copyright and responsibility online.

Objectives for Students

Identify common collective and individual beliefs about copyright law and fair use.

Begin to differentiate between legitimate creative uses and infringement of copyrighted material.

Accurately define the permissions granted by copyright law.”