7. Be Legal and Fair


Technology has brought about a potential crisis. It seems that a lot of artwork, literature, and music by our most creative authors, musicians, and artists have fallen into the hands of pirates. Our artists can no longer support themselves nor feel safe in creating new work. Their work is being shared all over the Internet as we speak. We need to put a stop to this. What would happen if your favorite musicians stopped writing and publishing their music? Do you want to listen to the music of your grandparents? That's where this assignment comes in.

For this Thing you will find out what we can do to make sure creative work remains under proper control. You will investigate the laws of copyright and report your findings back to your teacher. You will also need to find out if there is a way to legitimately use the work done by others so that you are not accused of operating illegally. Your assignment includes spreading the word so that others know the rules. When you have made a creative work of your own you will check it for originality and you will also learn of a way to protect that work so that you will be assured you are given proper credit for a job well done.

Learning Objectives

When you have completed this Thing you will:

  1. know about copyright and fair use [Digital Citizen]

  2. understand the social responsibility of using copyrighted materials [Digital Citizen]

  3. know how to recognize and avoid plagiarism [Digital Citizen]

  4. know how to use creative commons licenses [Digital Citizen]

Quest 1: Copyright Laws

Put on your investigator hat and dig into the copyright laws through these special videos and resources online. Know what is legal and fair to use or share on the Internet.

  I am ready to investigate and complete this assignment.

Quest 2: The Source

Your task will be to demonstrate to others your knowledge of the fair use policies. Can you cite your sources? 

 I am ready to tackle Quest 2

Quest 3: Plagiarism

Your task will be to check your work to ensure it is original content and not plagiarized. 

 I am ready for Quest 3

Quest 4: Stop the Pirates

This is the last assignment in this Thing. We need your ingenuity and creative skills.

 I can handle Quest 4


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