Q1 Copyright Laws Step 2

7. Be Legal & Fair


Learn more about the four factors judges consider for Fair Use:

  1. the purpose and character of your use
  2. the nature of the copyrighted work
  3. the amount and substantiality of the portion taken, and
  4. the effect of the use upon the potential market.

Caution: Courts evaluate fair use claims on a case-by-case basis, and the outcome of any given case depends on a fact-specific inquiry. This means that there is no formula to ensure that a predetermined percentage or amount of a work—or specific number of words, lines, pages, copies—may be used without permission. (Source: U.S. Government Copyright Office)

Creativity, Copyright, & Fair Use (4:40)

Welcome to the world of being a responsible content creator


  • Download or copy the 7.Q1 Digital Artifact Activity Assignment  to your own drive
  • Create a digital artifact that effectively presents (shows or explains) something you have learned or are learning for one of your content area classes (computers, English, math, science, or social studies).
  • Explain how your project and the resources you used help illustrate your understanding of the subject and demonstrate your knowledge of applying the rules for copyright.
  • Submit your document to your teacher when done.

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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