Understanding Copyright and Fair Use Laws (CTE)


Students will learn about the importance and reasoning behind copyright and fair use laws as they apply to Video Production.


Copyright and fair use laws are there for a reason. People debate whether or not they are too strict, too lenient, or should be in existence at all. In this lesson, students will learn what it feels like to be a victim of copyright/fair use infringement, what laws are in place to protect intellectual property, and how it all applies to video production.

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

100-110 Minutes (Requires Homework)
2 Class Periods
150-165 Minutes (All work done in class)
3 Class Periods

Industries / Subjects / Grades

Industries / Pathways
  • Arts, Media, and Entertainment Arts, Media, and Entertainment
K-12 Subjects
  • Technology Education
  • Visual Arts & Performing Arts
    • Visual Arts
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 understand the effects of copyright infringement by experiencing it as a victim (through simulation)
  • Students will identify and understand specific copyright laws that relate to video production (images, audio, video)
  • Students will define fair use with the understanding that inconsistencies and gray areas do exist.

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