What is copyright?

According to dictionary.com, copyright is:

"The legal right granted to an author, composer, playwright, publisher, or distributor to exclusive publication, production, sale, or distribution of a literary, musical, dramatic, or artistic work."

It's important to teach even the youngest students that anything created by someone else is copyrighted. Explain that it is not right to take someone else's work, just as it is not right to take someone else's books, snacks or lunch money.

Works that are not copyrighted are public domain, but students should be taught to give credit to the source.

Fair Use

Fair use helps teachers and students use original works to teach and learn subject matter. Young students, even in elementary schools, need to be taught the basics of Fair Use.

Fair Use in the K-12 Digital Classroom

Fair Use Guidelines for Multimedia

Links for Teaching Copyright and Fair Use

Copyright and Fair Use Questions

A great site for teaching middle school students about copyright

Kindergarten Copyright


Copyright Friendly Sites

Wikimedia Commons

Pics 4 Learning

Royalty Free Music