Understanding Copyright and Fair Use can seem like a daunting challenge for the classroom teacher. Although several groups and organizations publish hard and fast "rules" for determining if and how copyrighted materials can be used in teaching and learning, there is actually quite a bit of gray area that is open for interpretation. In a her recent book,__Copyright Clarity: How Fair Use Supports Digital Learning__, author Renee Hobbs makes a compelling case that educators actually have much more latitude in using copyrighted materials in their teaching than is often conveyed to them. The purpose of these readings is to help you make sense of copyright and Fair Use and how you might navigate them in the classroom. Be thorough in with this work as it will set you for success later with the Copyright project.


  1. Begin by reading __Understanding Copyright__ - as you read, note important takeaways and ideas that you'll want to remember. Of these ideas, highlight key ideas that you would want students to know. (You can ignore page 4 after noting that it is something you can use with your students.)
  2. Then watch this video:__Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Media Literacy (6:26) Education__. Add to your list of key ideas.
  3. Read the __Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Media Literacy Education__, paying particular attention to pages 10-14. Add notes to your list of key ideas.
  4. Come prepared to class with questions you may have about Copyright. We will address them then. This is an incredibly complex issue. I expect you to come with questions.