Q1 Copyright Laws

7. Be Legal & Fair


Have you ever taken something that didn't belong to you? Most honest people have not. Have you ever downloaded music, movies, or games without paying for them? Most honest people probably have. Did you know that when you download material from the Internet you may be infringing on someone's copyright? This Quest is for you to find out what the laws are for using materials found on the Internet. How do the laws apply to you and your activities online?

I Can Statements

  • follow copyright laws
  • create a digital artifact to demonstrate knowledge of copyright​

Key Vocabulary

Copyright: Copyright is the legal right to be the only one to reproduce, publish, and sell a book, musical recording, etc., for a certain period of time.

Creative Commons License: A Creative Commons license lets you dictate how others may use your work. The Creative Commons license allows you to keep your copyright but allows others to copy and distribute your work provided they give you credit and only on the conditions you specify.

Fair Use: Fair Use (in US copyright law) is the doctrine that brief excerpts of copyright material may, under certain circumstances, be quoted verbatim for purposes such as criticism, news reporting, teaching, and research, without the need for permission from or payment to the copyright holder.

Public Domain: Public Domain are materials belonging or being available to the public as a whole, and therefore not subject to copyright.

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1. Visit and read through the Copyright Basics & FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) page. Your teacher may want to go over these with you.

2. Watch one or more of the following videos below on copyright, plagiarism, and fair use, in addition to reading through the Copyright Kids. Then answer the following seven questions on the Word Template as you are viewing the videos.

  • What is copyright?
  • How long does the copyright on an original work last?
  • What is the Fair Use Act?
  • What is plagiarism?
  • What types of things can be copyrighted? What cannot be copyrighted?
  • What is the public domain?
  • The Fair Use Act allows anyone to use copyrighted materials for educational purposes. What other uses are covered under the Fair Use Act?



U.S. Copyright Office (2019) explains What is Copyright? (5:26)

YouTube video (4:42) "Copyright and Fair use for Student Projects"

YouTube Video from WatchKnowLearn "Plagiarism: How to avoid it"

Creativity, Copyright and Fair Use 


3. Demonstrate your learning to your teacher by creating a digital artifact (poster, presentation, infographic) for your portfolio. You may use any program you learned about in Thing Two, Visual Learning Q1, or a presentation or poster program to complete this task. Some sites for finding public domain and copyright-free images on the Internet:

Include the following in your digital artifact:

  • A summary or illustration of some of the information you learned about during this Quest
  • Several downloaded public domain images or clip art to help illustrate your learning
  • Appropriate citations for your images

4. Successfully complete the Copyright Quiz. Take the quiz and when you are done click on Submit. You will see how you did with your correct and incorrect answers listed. If you did poorly, take it again! 

We trust you will earn a passing score on the copyright quiz and be ready for the next Quest. Good luck!

Optional Bonus Activities

1. Write a short personal reflection piece describing a time when you unknowingly broke copyright laws. Based on what you have learned in this Quest, who might your actions have affected and why? What steps might you take next time to ensure you are being legal and fair.

2. As a class, read the article Six Copyright Concepts Your K-12 Students Should Know

  • Discuss the six concepts
  • Create a Google Slide or Office presentation on the six concepts describing each concept briefly for your audience. 

Completing this Quest

In order to successfully complete this Quest you must provide your teacher with accurate information about copyright by handing in your questions and quiz results. Save your digital artifact to your File Space or post it to your digital portfolio online.

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MITECS Michigan Integrated Technology Competencies for Students, and

ISTE Standards for Students

2. Digital Citizen
b. Engage in positive, safe, legal and ethical behavior when using technology, including social interactions online or when using networked devices
c. Demonstrate an understanding of and respect for the rights and obligations of using and sharing intellectual property

6. Creative Communicator
a. Choose the appropriate platforms and tools for meeting the desired objectives of their creation or communication.
b. Create original works or responsibly repurpose or remix digital resources into new creations