LESSON C: Using Copyrighted Works in Our Own Creations — Fair Use, Creative Commons, Permissions, and Public Domain

As creators, we often want to use others’ creative work in our own work. For example, we may want to make a collage or mashup, or find an illustration or soundtrack for our latest project. In this lesson, students learn about:

  • Fair use, which allows them to reuse copyright protected work in certain situations without permission.
  • How to find creative works that are free to use with few or no restrictions—Creative Commons and the public domain.
Silhouette of side-view of a female that is created using various imagery elements

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Video clips for in-class lessons

Video Link Video Id Description Runtime
(w/o credits)
View Video Video HS-7 “Phineas and Ferb Gangnam Style” Parody 3:41
View Video Video HS-6 “Creativity, Copyright, and Fair Use for Ethical Digital Citizens” 4:24
View Video Video HS-8 (Review) “Help! I Need Something: Finding Creative Work with (Almost) No Restrictions” 6:36
View Video Video HS-9 (optional) “Wanna Work Together” 3:00

Supplemental Materials

PRESENTER INSTRUCTIONS
High School Presenter Instructions
INFOGRAPHIC #1
INFOGRAPHIC #2
INDEPENDENT LEARNING VIDEOS