Updated on July 10, 2016
Making Sense of Copyright
Copyright history is a convoluted mess, but I’ve tried to pick out the events that I think have shaped modern copyright law/practices. In some cases, I’ve grouped events because they build on each other.
My audience is 12th grade Government class. I imagined that I could use this, 1) to look at laws and US international relationships, and 2) to talk about participation in citizenship–i.e. SOPA protests. I wouldn’t necessarily want my students memorizing all the events/dates, but rather having a understanding of how and why copyright law has come to be/changed over time.