And Fair Use

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For this lesson, review the topics below and complete the Copyright Worksheet.

Copyright Worksheet

STRAND 8 – Copyright Law

Students will be able to understand and practice copyright laws, ethics, and legal issues dealing with commercial art as identified in United States Code Title 17 Chapter 1 Section 101.

Define copyright and know how to copyright your work.

The Actual Law

Click on the headers to open them:

Copyright Definition

Copyright Definition

“Copyright is a legal concept, provided in most countries, that gives artists the exclusive right to publish, adapt and license their work for financial benefit.

“Copyright is a form of protection grounded in the U.S. Constitution and granted by law for original works of authorship …”
U.S. Copyright Office, FAQ

Creating copy with a Registration with U.S. Copyright office.

Fair Use

Take notes of this video on your Copyright Worksheet (Especially the Fair Use Limitations).


Public Domain


Marks ®, ©, ™, and watermark

Copyright Marks – see this article:What Do Those Copyright and Trademark Symbols Really Mean?

A watermark is a graphic or textual overlay on a digitally displayed creative work to identify the artist and/or render the work useless for anyone else to use it (discourages copying and using).

Watermark examples:

Other Terms

  • Copyright owner – The originator of a creative work or the person or entity that purchased the copyright.
  • Original works/Copies –
  • Digital transmission –
  • Financial gain – Monetary benefits from selling a copyright or licensing a creative work.
  • Creative Works
    • Audiovisual works, computer programs, pictorial, graphic, and sculptural works, photographs, works of visual art

Students will practice ethics and rules governing photojournalism.

  • Editorial content must not be changed. Note: Photo illustrations.

Students will practice correct usage of copyright laws.

  • The right to reproduce, manipulate, distribute, plagiarize or exhibit another artist’s work outside of fair use provisions.
  • Licensing the use of creative works for financial gain with:
    • Time limitations
    • Portion limitations (in text material, Illustrations and photographs)
    • Distribution limitations (copy/quantity)

Students will demonstrate understanding of ethics related to social and legal issues in subject choice.

i.e. model releases, image appropriateness, and cultural sensitivity.

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Project Details

  • Client Basic Digital Photography
  • Date November 1, 2016
  • Tags BDP, BDP Lessons, BDP UNIT 1 Lessons, BFP, BFP Lessons, DVC, DVC Lessons
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