Q4 Stop the Pirates

7. Be Legal & Fair

Q3 Comic


Your goal is to stop the pirates (aarrgh). No, not those pirates. You will be creating a poster discouraging others from illegally downloading and reproducing content from the Internet (pirating). Your poster should have a clear message. Remember, copying copy-protected music, movies, and games is stealing and it is harmful to the creative artists, musicians, developers, and others involved in the work. To create your poster you may use various media such as digital photography, drawing tools, downloaded images, as well as online sites. Check with your teacher to see if there is a specific application or media type that should be used to create your poster.

I Can Statements

  • follow copyright laws
  • ​create a digital artifact to demonstrate knowledge of copyright
  • create a creative commons license
  • explain public domain
  • give credit to the person who created the work

Key Vocabulary

Piracy: Piracy is the unauthorized use or reproduction of another's work.

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.

Attribution: Attribution is giving credit to the person who creates the work.

Play the Vocabulary Game below to practice the Key Vocabulary

You can change the Quiz mode to Match, Test, Learn, Flash Cards, Spell using the selection list at the bottom right of the activity that says "Choose a Study Mode." Direct Link


1. Sketch out your poster idea offline (on paper) to brainstorm what you want the finished product to look like. Be sure to include some text that conveys your message.

2. To ensure your poster has a clear message you might:

  • Describe the meaning of pirating digital works
  • Describe how the author/creator of a digital work might be affected when someone uses their work without permission
  • Describe ways to double-check your work for possible piracy

3. Take digital photos or collect some public domain images to use on your poster. The list below are sites to find some images in the public domain (free to use):

4. Create your poster using the appropriate software. Add your signature (first name only) to your poster to verify that it is indeed your work. 

5. Learn to use Creative Commons, an alternative way to license your own work, and select the rules about how your work can be used by others.

6. Watch the video below from Wikimedia to learn more about Creative Commons.

7. Use Creative to create a license for your work.

If you are new to Creative Commons, click on Share Your Work and choose Get Started to learn more.

When you are ready to create your own license visit: Choose your terms

  • begin making your selections and the panels will change as you begin to choose the appropriate license. (Allow adaptations by others? Commercial use where someone else might make $ from your creation?)
    example for NonCommercial-ShareAlike
    Image of Creative Commons license for attributions: noncommercial, share alike 4.0 international culture license. (screenshot of the image created)
  • Select the text option to "help others attribute you!" and fill in the information (title of the work, name to attribute it to such as first name last initial, URL if you have posted your work online, and type of file format.
  • If you want to let anyone use your work in any way they want, you can license it as Public Domain, or CCO icon for public domain image licenses license

Your teacher may have some suggestions for you at this point for posting, turing in, and/or sharing your work.

Completing this Quest

If your poster is going to be uploaded to a website such as Weebly, copy the HTML code from Creative Commons for your license. You can paste this code into your webpage just below your poster. That's all there is to it! If your poster is not going on the Internet at this time, follow the directions for offline work after you have created a license. Copy the given text and attach it to your poster.

Advanced Activity

Research P2P, File sharing, or BitTorrent sites. In a short essay tell what these are, how it works, and how they violate copyright laws. Find examples of the possible consequences of using these types of sites.

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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