Understanding Copyright & Fair Use

Want to use that cat meme in your slide deck? Your favorite song as the soundtrack to your latest video? Learn how to get it right when it comes to copyright. In this course, we cover the basics of copyright, fair use and attribution so you know when you and your students can legally reuse content. You’ll get to practice identifying copyright on a piece of media and even remix media from the public domain.

course duration icon 6 Hours
course cost icon Free
course certificate icon Certificate of Course Completion
Learn the basics of copyright and attribution   Understand the complexity of claiming fair us
Learn about copyright and options for finding re-usable media such as Creative Commons and Public Domain.   Explore the factors involved in a fair use argument.
Practice determining the copyright on a piece of media   Create your own media remix
Practice identifying how to tell if a piece of media has been copyrighted.   Demonstrate your understanding of copyright laws by creating a media mashup.
  • Copyright
  • Fair Use
  • Practice: Finding the copyright
  • Make & Share: Remix
  • Lesson Plan: Understanding Copyright & Fair Use
Micro-credential Connection

This course can help you develop the skills needed to earn the Making Media for Classroom Use: Images, Graphics and Interactives and the Making Media for Classroom Use: Audio and Video micro-credentials. Earning eight micro-credentials qualifies you to become a PBS Certified Media Literacy Educator. Learn more.  

What is KQED Teach?

We offer a collection of free, hands-on professional learning opportunities focused on Digital Media. Educators can build skills in digital storytelling, data visualization, and critical media use to support all curriculum areas. These skills allow educators to facilitate learning environments where their students can create digital content, develop their communication and technology skills, and engage in deeper learning that encourages critical thinking.

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