Instructional Video

Copyright Basics

What is the law of copyright? What types of things can be copyrighted? What types of materials can not be copyrighted? Find out by viewing the second video in a series about the hot topic of intellectual property.

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Instructional Ideas
  • Have groups investigate the history of Article 1, Section 8, Clause 8 of the US Constitution, the list of works in the Copyright Act, recent court cases involving copyright infringement, etc.
  • Pause the video frequently and have class members add information to the posted KWL chart and notes to their viewer's guide
  • Have individuals research the copyright of a favorite song, game, book, or film 
Classroom Considerations
  • Clarify the difference between copyright law and patent law
  • Viewers should be familiar with the Crash Course format
  • Show the video in full-screen mode to avoid the comment section that is open to the public
  • The second in a seven-video series focusing on intellectual property
  • This video is hosted on YouTube
  • The video details what is and what is not covered by copyright law
  • The narrator speaks rapidly and his delivery may overwhelm some viewers