Copyright Aware?

Most of us don’t think about copyright much while interacting with the internet. An example of this is the way we save images we find appealing.

Materials: Smartphone, laptop, tablet, or desktop.

Task

Open up your device and look at image you have as a background and/or lock-screen, and answer the following questions.

What is the image?

Where did you get the image?

Do you know what copyright it is under, if so what is it?

Does your downloading/use of the image fall under allowable actions based on that copyright?

If you don’t know how the image is licensed, how could you find out?

Of the other images on your devise, where do most of them come from? Are they your work, from the internet, photos you taken?

Not-so-secret objective:

Get students thinking about how they interact with copyright on a daily basis. This could be used as bell-work or admit/exit slips for a lesson on copyright or digital citizenship.

Example

What is the image?
An aerial photo of Tokyo.

Where did you get the image?
I got the image as part of a photo-pack, from Creative Market (one of the weekly freebies).

Do you know what copyright it is under, if so what is it?
Creative Market’s Standard License

Does your downloading/use of the image fall under allowable actions based on that copyright?
Yes.

If you don’t know how the image is licensed, how could you find out?
I could look at the website and see what the photo is licensed under.

Of the other images on your devise, where do most of them come from? Are they your work, from the internet, photos you taken?
Most of the images I have on my laptop are either ones I’ve created, or ones I’ve downloaded from sources that allow personal use.

Points: 10/10

7 Comments on “Copyright Aware?

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  2. Yes! I enjoy assignments that question our assumptions and integrate our everyday activities. Even more, I like how this opens the door to potentially interesting discussions that are right at the heart of the intellectual property conundrum in the digital world: whether someone has one copyrighted photo taken from the net on their desktop or thousands of images…whether this is OK or not, and whether it *should* be when they are just using such images for themselves, leads to interesting questions. Or at least it should!

    • 🙂 Opening discussion is what I was aiming at with this exercise. I think it would be interesting to start a unit on copyright/IP/digital citizenship with this exercise, have students dig into what copyright is and how it functions, and then come back to the question of personal use and let students debate it.

  3. After reading the posts of others, it is very clear I am a nerd! In my opinion

    If a work is copyright protected does it really matter what your intent is?
    It does not matter if the photo is online or in a book if it is copyright protected you should not use it outside the granted rights. It belongs to someone else.

    • And those are the questions I would like students to think about. Whether or not they agree that there can be no use but what is granted, just having them think about those ideas (and hopefully articulate their reasoning) is an important exercise for a digital citizenship lesson/unit.

  4. Okay, I LOVE this assignment!!! This is exactly what I was looking for when I want to open a discussion with my elementary students about IP!!! You so totally rock!

    • Thanks! Glad I could help – you’ll have to let me know how it works in your class. 🙂

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