5 Ways to Become Copyright Savvy


I've had teachers asking...I've had students asking...well the students are hoping my answer is No...but yes, all those graphics and music students use in their school projects, even if they are free, public domain graphics, should be cited.

It's time to teach our students to be Copyright Savvy. Here are 5 things every student should know to ensure they are abiding by copyright laws.

1. When in a Google Slide or Google Doc, use the Explore Tool to conduct your image search, not the search feature in the Insert>Image menu. It will provide students with a link back to the image source to be able to get the needed information for a proper citation.


2. If students are conducting a Google image search directly in Google, there's a tool Google provides to make it easy to filter out images not eligible for use. It's the Usage Rights tool. After conducting the image search, click on the Tools button and select Usage Rights. From there, students can select the level of reuse needed.



3. Many graphics from sites like Pixabay require no attribution and it states such. When this is the case, once the picture is open on the download page, run the citation Chrome extension from there. The citation will provide the information that it is a free-to-use image.

4. Music for multimedia projects is another frequently abused copyrighted item. Just because you purchased a song from iTunes does not give you permission to use that song in your multimedia project. Recently a tweet was shared by Kevin Kwan, author of Crazy Rich Asians in which he provided a copy of the letter written to Coldplay asking for permission to use the song, Yellow, in the Crazy Rich Asians movie. I love this example that even those at the very top have to get permission to use copyrighted material. As result, all students need to become very familiar with the extensive Youtube Audio Library available in the YouTube Creator Studio suite. All of the audio files are available for download, although many do require attribution. Look for the Creative Commons Attribution icon next to the download button. If that icon is present, click on it and the needed information will be there to copy.

5. Lastly, get to know your Library Media Specialist...they are the great resources available. They can provide resources such as Copyright Education Resources! This one source can answer most copyright questions and provide a wealth of information. I personally would like to give a huge shout out to the Midlothian ISD librarians for their help with this blog post!

Some Chrome citation extensions to check out:





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