Copyright, Fair Use, and Digital Ethics



This lesson informs students about their rights and responsibilities as consumers and producers of digital media. Students will learn about copyright law and fair use doctrine through class discussion and then apply their understanding in selecting media components for their media arts projects. Students will also explore ethical issues in the creation of digital media products and demonstrate their understanding against various scenarios.

Lesson Time

50 Minutes
Fair Use
50 Minutes
Fair Use Project
100 Minutes
Ethics & Release Project
50 Minutes

Industries / Subjects / Grades

Industries / Pathways
  • Arts, Media, and Entertainment
Grade Levels
  • 10
  • 11
  • 12
  • Adult

Standards and Objectives


California Academic Content Standards (1)
California's 2008 CTE Standards (1)

Related Instructional Objectives (SWBAT...)

  • Students will learn and understand how to adhere to copyright and intellectual property laws and regulations in the creation of original works
  • Students will learn and understand the doctrine of "fair use" in the selection of media assets for projects
  • Students will become aware of ethical issues in the development of digital media products

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