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Everything on the Net is public domain. Right? Read "The 10 Big Myths About Copyright Explained" by Brad Templeton and you will soon have a different perspective. Another thought provoking article is David Rothman's "Copyright and K-12: Who Pays in the Network Era?" His premise is that with current law, children must pay the ultimate price because inadequate budgets will not allow schools to pay licensing fees. Several issues are presented: what networks mean to teachers and students, how copyright may affect K-12 networking, attitudes of educators, and options for a solution. If you want a cool Web-based tool for your students to use to create bibliographies from email citations to Web sites, check out NoodleTools Quick Citation.

For basic copyright information, current legislation, and international agreements go to the United States Copyright Office. The Copyright Clearance Center is a not-for-profit organization created to help organizations comply with U.S. copyright law. With over 1.75 million titles, it provides authorized users with a lawful means to make photocopies. For guidelines on what you may copy as a teacher, read "Reproduction of Copyrighted Works by Educators and Librarians" at the Library of Congress. A more recent document, "Fair Use Guidelines for Educational Multimedia," adopted by the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Courts and Intellectual Property in September 1996 can be found at the Consortium for College and University Media Centers, Indiana University.

Read about copyright by visiting the sites below and answer these questions. What is copyright? What is fair use? What are the tests for determining fair use? Are there limits to the amount of material that you can use? Click on the Ask CyberBee button for an interactive primer on copyright. Create a short copyright lesson to use with students.

10 Big Myths About Copyright Explained
Copyright Web site
U. S. Copyright Office

Copyright Lessons

Copyright Iinvestigation

This lesson examines whether or not their was a violation of copyright of music lyrics.

Copyright Lesson Plan by Laura Keamming

Laura Kaemming, a teacher from Toledo, Ohio, created a wonderful lesson about copyright. One of the activities she created for her students allows them to actively think about copyright issues by listening to music and reviewing interesting court cases.

To obtain a copy of the article Music as Intellectual Property – . What’s at Stake?” from the December 2000 issue of Music Alive magazine, try interlibrary loan at your public library.

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