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Copyright and Fair Use Workshop

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DLU Workshop: Copyright and Fair Use for Digital Learning


Workshop Description:

Participants will develop knowledge and skills for ensuring the legal and ethical use of copyrighted material in the classroom, while fostering student media literacy and creative expression. Topics covered will include:

  • Current issues and common misconceptions about copyright in education.

  • Understanding copyright laws and fair use guidelines.

  • Creative Commons licenses and sources/strategies for locating copyright-friendly media.

  • Resources for teaching and learning about copyright, ethical use, and media literacy.

  • Professional learning resources for future reference and sharing with colleagues. 

Participants will understand the implications of copyright and media literacy for 21st century teaching and learning in order to prepare for Students and Teachers Accessing Tomorrow.

Indicator: Participants will be able to model and facilitate the legal and ethical use of copyrighted material in curriculum, instruction, and student-created works.

Facilitators: Kelly Ray, Resource Teacher & Amanda Lanza, Specialist - Office of Digital Learning




  1. Tiny URL for this Workshop Wiki page:  tinyurl.com/DLUcopyright
  2. Workshop PowerPoint (Participants may download and open)
    • Issues:  Current issues and common misconceptions about copyright and fair use in education.
    • Rationale: Why teachers and students should know about copyright and fair use.
  3. Explore Copyright & Fair Use resource page on ODL Resource Wiki
    • BCPS Copyright Rule, Copyright Permission Request Form, Copyright Procedures Manual 
    • Standards Alignment
    • Copyright & Fair Use Basics (Video, Four Fair Use Factors, Resource Links, Handouts)
    • Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Media Literacy Education
    • Creative Commons & Copyright-friendly Resources
    • Attribution
    • Teaching and Learning Resources 
  4. Scenarios (on PowerPoint slides): Work with a partner/small group using resources from the Copyright & Fair Use resource page to help you consider these real-life BCPS scenarios and decide if each use of media is a legal usefair use, or copyright infringement. 

    • Legal Use -  Works from the public domain, used with permission, or used according to copyright holder's Terms of Use or Creative Commons license. *Works used according to copyright; no Fair Use determination needed.

    • Fair Use -  Use of copyrighted work meets the guidelines for all four Fair Use factors. *An exception to copyright.

    • Copyright Infringement - Copyrighted works used illegally: without permission, not in accordance with copyright holder's Terms of Use or Creative Commons license, or not in compliance with Fair Use guidelines.

  5. Some best practices 

  6. Where to find support for Copyright/Fair Use questions
  7. Reflection




DLU Reflection:



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