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Daily Classroom Special
Bits & Bytes:  The Right to Copy?

About this Daily Classroom Special
Bits & Bytes combines technology objectives, activity ideas, web sites, and resources in an effort to make it easier for everyone to incorporate technology into their instruction. Bits & Bytes is maintained by Barbara Smith, Magnet Coordinator at Harvard Elementary, Houston (TX) and Teachers Network  web mentor. 

To the Bits & Bytes Directory

K - 5 

The student is expected to model respect of intellectual property by not illegally copying software or another individual's electronic work.

Take a student's writing sample, photocopy for whole class, distribute. Would it be OK for everyone to put their own name at the top of the paper and hand it in? What are the implications for the class, the teacher, and the original writer? 

What are the differences between regular software and shareware or freeware?

What implications are there for companies who lose revenue through "pirated" software?

Research state and federal laws about copyrights and infringement.

Links
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) - Kids' Pages  Issues and activities for students K-12, with teacher materials, too. Especially fun: Patent, Trademark & Copyright

Calendar of Trivia 

Children's Online Privacy Protection Act of 1998 [Center for Democracy and Technology]
Federal law for protecting privacy of on-line children below age 13.

ASCAP Legislative Matters [The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers] Major legislative developments, current issues.

U.S. Code: Title 17 [Cornell University Law School]  Links to federal laws about technology, audio and video copyrights, digital recording.  When Works Pass Into the Public Domain [University of North Carolina - 

Task Force on Intellectual Property  
Table showing when material loses copyright protection.

 

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