Q4 Stop the Pirates

7. Be Legal & Fair


Your goal is to know about copyright and how to avoid the illegal use of copyrighted material by being smarter than a pirate, and know how to copyright your own work. There are two activities in this Quest.:

A. Create a poster discouraging others from illegally downloading and reproducing content from the Internet (pirating).

B. Complete a Digital Breakout Challenge Review

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

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

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

Play the interactive Quizlet Game: Direct Link

This Quest includes TWO activities

Check with your teacher about which one to complete, or to do both.

A. Poster activity,

B. Breakout challenge review, or both.

A. create a poster Steps

1. For this activity you are to create a poster (or alternative artifact) that should have a clear message about some aspect of copyright.

  • 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.

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

3. 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

4. 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):

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

Here are two Activities for Stopping the Pirates:

Check with your teacher about which activity you will do.

Check with your teacher about working with a partner, team, or as an entire class.

Good Luck!

1. Team Jeopardy Game for Stop the Pirates



2. Stop the Pirates Digital Breakout Game. Note: If you do not know what a 21t4s Digital Breakout Activity is, open the content box on the right above the Printer icon, "What is a Digital Breakout?" and read and watch the video for hints.

Steps in a Google Doc (Steps in a PDF version)

Use this link to enter the Breakout Activity for this Q4 Stop the Pirates. You will need to find the keys for five locks on the page.

Screenshot of pirate ship

Once you unlock it, you might want to take a screenshot of the Award for your portfolio, or check with your teacher.

Please be sure to tell us what you think of this Breakout Activity so that we can meet your needs. Teachers please use this link for a very short survey about this breakout

Completing this Quest

  • If you created a poster share it with your teacher and/or classmates.
    • You can paste the link or embed code into your webpage just below your poster.
    • 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.
  • If you completed the Breakout Review Activity check with your teacher how to show your completion:
    • Screenshot of the award or show the completion page
    • Add the award image to your Digital Student Showcase

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.

 Check off this Quest on the 21t4s roadmap 

I have completed the Quests as assigned by my teacher. awardicon
Go to the graduation page for this Thing.

Learn to use Creative Commons to license your own work, Select the rules about how your work can be used by others.

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

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.

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


Videos from Outside Sources

21t4s Videos

21t4s Documents & Quizzes

21t4s Breakout Challenge Activity

A Digital Breakout may also be called a Digital Escape Room.

This is a web-based, game-like activity where students use clues to unlock a series of puzzles or activities to solve a challenge (or to escape a digital room).

Students frequently work together, (conference, or chat) as they work to locate and solve clues.

For additional help  to solve a breakout view this short video (3:44).