Copyright Mash-Up Video (CTE)


Students will create a "mash-up" video. This will include shooting their own video and gathering video and other content from the internet. Students will gain permission for some of the content and push the boundaries of fair use on other content.


This is the final "application lesson" of the four Video Production copyright/fair use lessons. The focus here is to create a video that exemplifies everything students have learned. For those classes who collaborated with some variation of English/Language Arts, Graphic Design and/or Music Technology (as described in the full project), you will combine your own video content with content created by the other groups to produce a 3-3.5 minute video. There are also variations of the project that allow for this to be a "stand alone" Video Production lesson.

Note: This lesson is a component of the Video Production section of the project: Intellectual Property: Copyright or Copywrong?

Video Production Lessons:

Lesson 1: Understanding Copyright and Fair Use Laws

Lesson 2: Getting Permission: The Proper Method of Procuring Outside Images, Music and Video

Lesson 3: Debating the Philosophy Behind Copyright and Fair Use

Lesson 4: Copyright Mash-Up: Shooting and Gathering Video Footage that Displays both the Proper and "gray area" use of Copyright/Fair Use Laws

Lesson Times

Instructions and Methods of Evaluation
30 Minutes
Students Video Creation (1-week minimum)
5+ Class Periods

Industries / Subjects / Grades

Industries / Pathways
  • Arts, Media, and Entertainment Arts, Media, and Entertainment
    • Design, Visual, and Media Arts
    • Performing Arts
    • Production and Managerial Arts
K-12 Subjects
  • Visual Arts & Performing Arts
    • Visual Arts
Grade Levels
  • 9
  • 11
  • 12

Standards and Objectives


California English Common Core Standards (1)
California's 2013 CTE Standards (2)

Related Instructional Objectives (SWBAT...)

  • Students will combine original graphic, music and video content to create a mash-up video.
  • Students will combine legally-obtained graphic, music and video content to create a mash-up video.

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