Thinking Out Loud about Copyright

Thinking a lot about copyright. In my course at Full Sail I cover copyright, Creative Commons, Fair Use and netiquette related to copyright in two one-hour sessions. Well, actually session one was mostly about Creative Commons and the second session was mostly about Fair Use. I’m good but I found myself stumbling around, going back and forth to make sure that my students understood what Copyright really meant. Not smart. So, I need to redistribute the info into three sessions: 1) Copyright, 2) Fair Use and 3) Creative Commons. (Note to my current students: I’m not going to spring this change on you ’cause that would mean that you’d have to cover the following material and be ready to discuss it in less than 22-hours. Not fair). So the following is a working prototype:

Pre-Session Videos & Information: Please make sure to preview the following videos and read through the information listed below before our session together

Copyright Basics:
Definition of Copyright:

Permanently fixed work that can be seen or heard
Only copyright owner can use the work
What can be Copyrighted:

Copyright Duration

lifetime + 70 years – company 100 years

10 Myths About Copyright Explained by Brad Templeton

“If it doesn’t have a copyright notice, it’s not copyrighted.”
“If I don’t charge for it, it’s not a violation.”
“If it’s posted to Usenet it’s in the public domain.”
“My posting was just fair use!”
“If you don’t defend your copyright you lose it.”
“If I make up my own stories, but base them on another work, my new work belongs to me.”
“They can’t get me, defendants in court have powerful rights!”
“Oh, so copyright violation isn’t a crime or anything?”
“It doesn’t hurt anybody — in fact it’s free advertising.”
“They e-mailed me a copy, so I can post it.”
“So I can’t ever reproduce anything?”
Please go to Templeton’s site and review his essay and comments. We will be discussing his comments during our wimba session.

This optional last video, Good Copy/Bad Copy, is a one-hour documentary on the controversy around issues of copyright and new media. Warning: This video contains “adult language” and disturbing images.

Youtube video: What is a Copyright? by Nathan Boehme/Expert Village, retrieved on 6/8/2009

Youtube video: How to Copyright : Learn What Cannot Be Protected Under Copyright Law by Nathan Boehme/Expert Village, retrieved on 6/8/2009

10 Myths About Copyright Explained by Brad Templeton, retrieved on 6/8/2009 video: Good Copy, Bad Copy Directed by ANDREAS JOHNSEN, RALF CHRISTENSEN, HENRIK MOLTKE (, retrieved on 6/8/2009