Day 174

Lesson Objectives

  • Define the key concepts of inspiration, appropriation, copyright, and fair use and examine how they relate to creative work.
  • Understand the legal and ethical debates that surround using other people’s creative work.
  • Consider the perspectives of the original creator, potential audiences, and the broader community when using others’ material.

Creative Work

  • Vocabulary
    • inspiration: something that influences, propels, or inspires you to create something new.
    • appropriation: to use someone else’s creative work to make something new, often without their permission.
  • Discussion:
    1. When you create things, do you ever get your inspiration from other people’s creative work? What are some examples?
    2. When you create things, do you ever appropriate, or use someone else’s creative work, to make something new? What are some examples?

Copyright and Fair Use

  • Vocabulary
    • copyright: a law that protects ownership of and control over the work someone creates, requiring other people to get the creator’s permission before they copy, share, or perform that work.
    • fair use: the ability to use a small amount of copyrighted work without permission, but only in certain ways.
  • The creative work of others is protected by copyright. To use copyrighted work legally and ethically, they must observe the following rules:
    • Copyright Rules
      1. Check who owns it
      2. Get permission to use it
      3. Give credit to the creator
      4. Buy it (if necessary)
      5. Use it responsibly
  • Sometimes it is legal to use other people’s creative work under the principle of fair use, but only if you give them credit and use it in certain ways.
    • Fair Use Rules
      1. Use a small amount (not the whole thing)
      2. Rework and use the material in a different way from the original work
      3. Add new meaning to the material and make something new out of it
      4. Don’t use the material for profit, and use it only for certain purposes, which include:
        • schoolwork and education
        • news reporting
        • criticism or social commentary
        • comedy or parody

Assignment DCU3.5

  1. Obtain your group members from your instructor as well as your group description from below:
    1. Musicians who use sampling and remixing in the music they create
    2. Musicians who have been sampled or remixed without credit, permission, or payment
    3. Fans who like both kinds of musicians
    4. People in the recording industry who make money from selling music
    5. Lawyers whose job is to protect artists from copyright violations
  2. Make a copy of this Google Document, rename it Music Industry-(Your Initials), and move it into your Lesson 3 folder.
  3. Watch Everything is a Remix:  Part 1.
  4. There is a debate in the music industry today about sampling and remixing. Some people think it is fair use, while others believe it violates copyright law.  People in the music industry have various perspectives on this issue.  Work in your groups to prepare for a debate on whether remixing and sampling music is legal and ethical. Begin by discussing the questions in the document and deciding what position your group will take.  Write down the main points your group wants to make to defend your position, and draft an opening statement.

Assignment DCU3.6

  1. After completing the assigned tasks in Lesson 3 above, share your Lesson 3 folder with your teacher.  Your folder should have the following files in it:
    • Respect
    • Photo Book
    • Video Piracy
    • Music Industry

Lesson 3 Quiz-DCU

  1. Complete the Lesson 3 Quiz for the Digital Citizenship Unit.