Q4 Stop the Pirates

7. Be Legal & Fair

Q3 Comic

7.Q4 Script for the animated video below


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 find out what application should be used to create your poster. Some online sites include:,, Fotoflexer, etc.

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 create the work.

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


1. Sketch out your poster idea offline so that you will know 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:

  • Describe the meaning of pirating
  • Describe who suffers because of pirating
  • Describe ways to double check your work for possible piracy

3. Take digital pictures if necessary, or collect public domain images for use in your poster. Check out the links below for some images in the public domain:

Creative Commons

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.

Creating a License For Your Work

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 a license begin making your selections and the panels will change as you begin to choose the appropriate license. Click on the buttons to set the attributes for your license. Type in a name for your project and put your name (first name only or a secret code name) in the appropriate boxes. Your teacher may have some suggestions for you at this point. When you are done, you have several choices for sharing your work. You can copy the html embed code or screenshot the normal or compact icons. 

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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Competencies & Standards

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

Common Core Standards

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.SL.5 Make strategic use of digital media and visual displays of data to express information and enhance understanding of presentations.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.W.3 Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, well-chosen details and well-structured event sequences.