Understanding Copyright: Mrs. Dran Period 5

What is copyright?  In class today, we watched the music video What’s Copyright?, read the article Understanding Copyright by Renee Hobbs, Katie Donnelly, and Sandra Braman, and had discussions about copyright.  You also completed a worksheet about what you learned and listed question you have about copyright with your partner.  You even had time to do some research and explore answers to questions you have.

Individually, post a comment (a short paragraph) about what you learned about copyright.  Your post should include at least one thing you learned from looking up your questions from the worksheet.  You may also include anything you learned today, and any questions you may still have about copyright.  Remember, use proper grammar, punctuation, spelling, and capitalization!



  1. Megan Said:

    Today I learned that Copyright laws protect “intellectual property”, meaning creative work or ideas. Also, under the Fair Use Doctrine, people are allowed to use copyrighted information without consent of the copyright holder when the use of material is for the benefit of society (educational purposes). Yet, if copyright laws are violated, there can be major consequences.

  2. Julie Said:

    In class today, I learned that the purpose of copyright is to promote creativity and the use of knowledge. A person’s request to display/use copyrighted works must be approved before using them, but only for strict purposes such as education. However, anyone found to have infringed a copyrighted work may be liable for statutory damages up to $30,000 for each work infringed. If willful infringement is proven by the copyright owner, that amount may be increased up to $150,000 for each work infringed.

  3. Chelsea Said:

    Today I learned that the Fair Use Doctrine helps people have all the necessary information to fully participate as citizens of the U.S. The Fair Use Doctrine helps protect the rights of the users of the information. I also learned, from research, that cpyrights are applied to a piece of work once it is created, but if the owner ever wants to file a lawsuit he or she needs to register the work through the U.S. Copyright Office.

  4. Sarah Said:

    I have learned that copyrights used to last only 14 years or 28 years if the copyright owner chose to renew the registration but now an owner’s copyright can last 70 years after the author’s death or if the copyright is owned by a corporation it can last either 95 years from the first year of publication or 120 years from the year of its creation.

  5. Katie Said:

    I learned that copyright laws protect an individual’s work or idea. Also, I learned that Fair Use protects the rights of others to use the copyrighted item for reasons such as education. Through research I have also learned that an item does not have to be registered with a copyright notice to be protected under copyright laws. As soon as someone rights something original it is automatically protected under copyright laws.

  6. Lacey Said:

    “Intellectual property”, such as books, movies, websites, and images are protected under copyright laws. The Fair Use Doctrine, enables people to use copyrighted works without asking or paying the copyright holder. This can only happen if the benefit to society is greater than the cost to the copyright holder. After the author dies, their work is still protected 70 years. At this point, the work becomes Public Domain.

  7. Amber Said:

    I learned that copyright protects an idea or work of someone and can only be used to strict points such as eduational purposes. The Fair Use Doctrine allows teachers to show movies in school that relate to the teachings, i.e. Mrs. Dran showing Troy. Rights are protected under the law and if violated cause major and expensive consequences.

  8. Bret Cole Said:

    In class i learned that copyright law protects works of “intellectual property”. Also i learned that copyright promotes creativity and the use of knowledge. One question that I had was, Can a family member renew copyright if the person is dead after 70 years? It turns out that you can. If the author is dead, the widow or widower of the author, or the child or children of the author, or both, may claim as the widow of the author or the widower of the author and/or the child of the deceased author or the children of the deceased author.

  9. Brian Said:

    I learned that people are allowed to use copyrighted material for certain purposes without breaking the law. If the user changes the context or purpose of the material it is considered fair use. After researching myt questions, I learned that using copyrighted music and movies follow the same guidelines. Using them in small educational groups is legal.

  10. Ryan Powell Said:

    Today I learned that the process and system of copyrighting and about the specifics of its use. I learned that the owners dont have complete control due to the fair use policy which allows people certain usage of a copyright. I used to think that a person could not use something with a copyright at all without permission from the owner but now I am aware that it isn’t true. I still dont know all of the limits however, and want to know the full extent of copyright use.

  11. Michelle Carrell Said:

    In class during the folling days I have learned many things about copyrighting. I have learned that copyrighting is much more than just protection for the owner of the original work. There is Fair Use” and freedoms along with it, too. Copyrighting encourages the developement of society as a whole. It furthers inovation and creativity. Copyrighting just means that a piece of work can not be copied and produced as a new piece by a different person. It protects the owner and allows others to use their materials in the right way. Though, the concept of copyrighting did confuse me at first, I now know that it is not in place to hender but in place to contribute works to society.

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