Getting Permission: The Proper Method of Procuring Outside Images, Music and Video (CTE)

adapted from work by John Enyeart

Students will learn and demonstrate methods to gain permission for the proper and legal use of copyrighted content for use in Video Production.


We have already studied copyright and fair use laws. While there is much available content (images, videos, audio, etc.) on the internet, some of it is illegal to use, some may be used with permission and/or specific restrictions or limitations, and some is available for just about any purpose. While using content for "educational purposes" is great for the classroom, it does not protect people in most "real world" situations. Paying for content is certainly an option, but the focus of this lesson is to gain permission to use content for free whenever possible!

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

100-115 Minutes (Instruction and Practice)
2 Class Periods

Industries / Subjects / Grades

Industries / Pathways
  • Arts, Media, and Entertainment Arts, Media, and Entertainment
Grade Levels
  • 7
  • 8
  • 9
  • 10
  • 11
  • 12

Standards and Objectives


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

Related Instructional Objectives (SWBAT...)

  • Students will apply their knowledge of copyright laws related to video production (images, audio, video) by getting permission to use copyrighted material.
  • Students will inquire, receive and document permission granted to use copyrighted materials within a video project.

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