Copyright 101: A Simple Video Lesson in Licenses

Teaching about copyright, Creative Commons, and how to license your work can be a challenge. I've created a lesson to explain this simply. All of the videos I'm creating now on the Cool Cat Teacher TV YouTube channel now have essential questions with them. Feel free to use them with your students.

Copyright 101 and Licenses

Copyright 101: A Simple Lesson in Licenses

Essential Questions

  • What is copyright?
  • How long does it last?
  • What are the kinds of copyright?
  • How can I copyright my own work?
  • How can I find works I can use freely?
  • Do I still have to give credit for the work?
  • How can I buy licenses for professional work?
  • What are the penalties for not following copyright?

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4 thoughts on “Copyright 101: A Simple Video Lesson in Licenses

    • Wow Don!! I am not an expert in that. There are issues with music and public performance but also if you are recording and retransmitting the works. I do know at a church where I served on the AV committee that the music package we bought for our multimedia system included some licensing capabilities to handle that for us. Performing rights from what I have just looked up typically requires you to pay royalties to the owner of the song. Again, I’d look into this as I do know some software includes licensing capabilities – either license to use the work or a way to pay the royalty. Hope this gets you started to find your answer.

    • Thank you, Norah. It is awesome as they are selecting pictures for their apps that the process of selecting their own license guides them better. One thing we forget is that the license a student is claiming on their work impacts the license of the work they can use and reuse. I think BEFORE they look for pictures you should discuss licensing. Glad it was helpful and thanks (as always) for commenting!