Instructional Video

How to Copyright Your Content

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A person can't lock up a musical performance or video in a safe, but there are ways to protect creative content from theft. Viewers see how to copyright original content in the United States. Pupils learn how to register their work with the US Copyright Office and discover what types of work cannot be copyrighted, such as facts and procedures. 

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Have learners explore for more information on copyright practices
  • Instruct students to draw pictures on pieces of paper, and then have them discuss whether they own the intellectual property rights to their drawings 
Classroom Considerations
  • Requires projection and speakers or computers and headphones for each individual
  • This video is hosted on YouTube
  • Includes helpful graphics and animations
  • Provides a link for additional information on copyright, fair use, and public domain 
  • None
Common Core