Copyright law as it pertains to what students use in their creative media is something I really should know, given my educational history and the teaching position I’m in, but I am sadly lacking in this area. I know that creative rights protect each person’s work from being stolen and published by another person as their own. I know that some people choose to publish their work under a Creative Commons license that helps to clarify if/how the work can be reused by people who find it online. I even understand how to differentiate between the six different types of licenses at Creative Commons.
However, other than playing whatever creative commons video I happen to find online for my students, I don’t feel like I have a satisfactory method of teaching them about this important aspect of digital media creation. I feel like I don’t really know the answers to their questions: Because they are students, are they allowed to use any photo they find online in their Photoshop projects? Can they use popular music they have purchased in iTunes on their videos they turn in to me? Can I be legally held accountable for their copyright infringement if it is on a project they complete for my class?
Ideally, I’d like a good source for information regarding multimedia copyright as it pertains to students and a program for delivery of that information that is engaging, detailed enough to be useful, and simple enough to be understood by the layman (high school student…) I know that is a tall order, but there it is!