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 a specific number of words, lines, pages, or copies may be used without permission. (Source: U.S. Government Copyright Office)

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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 drive.
  • Create a digital artifact: to show or explain something you learned in one of your classes (Computers, English, Math, Science, or Social Studies).
  • Explain your artifact: Describe how your artifact shows what you have learned or are learning about in the subject area chosen.
  • Respect Copyright:  Make sure to follow the copyright rules when using images or information in your artifact
  • Share your document: Once your artifact is done, share it with your teacher.

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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