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#4416. Educational Fair Use Lesson Plan

Reading/Writing, level: 3-5
Posted Thu Jul 8 06:42:58 PDT 2010 by Beatriz Zarraluqui (Beatriz Zarraluqui).
Ethel Koger Beckham Elem., Miami, FL
Concepts Taught: Students will gain an understanding of what fair use is

Educational Fair Use Lesson Plan

Topic: Copyright Laws Grade Level: Fourth Grade

Lesson Objectives:
• that copyright law is designed to promote creativity and the growth of knowledge by considering both the rights of owners and the rights of users
• that the flexibility of fair use enables it to be relevant and useful to many different kinds of creative communities
• that fair use requires reasoning and interpretation of context and situational factors
• how the concepts of copyright and fair use apply to the practice of teaching and learning
Materials

• Song: "What's Copyright?", Ghostbuster, by: Pay Parker Jr., "Ice,
Ice Baby" as performed by Vanilla Ice, "Under Pressure" as performed by Queen, "My Sweet Lord" as performed by George Harrison, "He's So Fine" as performed by The Chiffons, "I Want a New Drug" as performed by Huey Lewis and the News

• Copyright worksheet, music worksheets
• Student test
• Smartboard
• Computers
Procedure:
• Teacher will complete a KWL chart on the smart board discussing copyright and fairness.
• Using the smartboard students will watch What's Copyright? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0QiO_H0-ok8. Students will then continue disscusing what copyright is. They will then see if their views have changed on copyright and fairness.
• Students will then work in groups of four on the computer and watch Copyright and fair use on youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B7nkQJZhAUw&feature=related
• In the groups of four students will be asked to listen and analyze the following music Ghostbuster, by: Pay Parker Jr., "Ice, Ice Baby" as performed by Vanilla Ice, "Under Pressure" as performed by Queen, "My Sweet Lord" as performed by George Harrison, "He's So Fine" as performed by The Chiffons, "I Want a New Drug" as performed by Huey Lewis and the News. While they are lisiting they will be given background information and about the songs and asked to complete a guide to evaluate if any copyright laws were broken.

• The class will then be given at random a particuler group of songs from the group they just analized and asked to present that song to with their findings to the class.
• The class will then discuss what they find and students will be able to have a open dicussion group.
• Teacher will then complete the KWL chart with the students and ask probing questions

Assesments

• Copyright worksheet
• Teacher made test
• Student presentation
• Observations

Home Connections:

Complete a copyright worksheet with help from a family member.


Examples of worksheets:

Worksheet 1:

In 1981, Huey Lewis (Hugh Cregg) accused Ray Parker, Jr. of copyright infringement after Parker released his single, "Ghostbusters." After more than 10 years of arguing, the two artists settled their case in private. Parker never publicly admitted his guilt but he did agree to pay an undisclosed amount to Lewis for "damages." The issue was brought up again during the spring of 2001. Lewis had taped a VH-1 Behind the Music segment and disclosed details of the 1995 settlement. Parker filed a lawsuit against Lewis in March 2001. Parker claims Lewis broke the "confidentiality agreement." Apparently part of the original settlement banned them both from revealing any information that
was not in a press release they jointly issued at that time. Parker is asking for an unspecified amount of money to compensate him for "punitive" damages and to cover his lawyer's fees. No matter the outcome. . .."who ya gonna call?" You be the judge!

RATING SYSTEM:

5=exactly the same 4=Very Similar 3=somewhat alike 2=Barely the same 1=Not alike in any way

1. Melody: __________
2. Harmony Structure: __________
3. Rhythm: __________
4. Tempo: __________
5. Lyrics: __________
6. Instruments: __________
7. How else are the two songs similar? ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________
8. How are the two songs different?
_______________________________________________________
_______________________________________________________

9. Based on what you have learned, how have Ray Parker, Jr. and Vanilla Ice broken the copyright laws? _______________________________________________________
______________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Worksheet 2:

In 1976, ex-Beatle, George Harrison, was found guilty of copyright infringement for his hit single, "My Sweet Lord." Bright Tunes Music Corporation had obtained the copyright for the 1963 hit, "He's So Fine" which was written by Ronald Mack and originally
performed by The Chiffons. Did George Harrison borrow his musical ideas from Mack's hit song? Judge for yourself. Look at the motifs on the overhead and listen to parts of the two songs.

RATING SYSTEM:

5=Exactly the same 4=Very similar 3=Somewhat alike 2=Barely the same 1=Not alike in any way

1. Melody: __________
2. Harmony Structure: __________
3. Rhythm: __________
4. Tempo: __________
5. Lyrics: __________
6. Instruments: __________
7. How else are the two songs similar? ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________
8. How are the two songs different?
_______________________________________________________
_______________________________________________________


Worksheet 3:

Copyright Worksheet

Name ________________________Class _________ Date _____________
DIRECTIONS: Answer the following questions.


1. Have you ever visited a web site such as Limewire? _________________

2. Have you ever downloaded a song from one of these sites? ___________

3. If you did, did you ever buy the CD that particular song was on?
____________________

4. Do you think people should be allowed to copy items such as songs,
or movies without paying for them? Why? Explain your answer.
_____________________________________________________________
_____________________________________________________________
_____________________________________________________________

5. Do you own a CD burner? _______________

6. Have you ever copied a song onto a CD? _________________

7. What does the copyright symbol look like and mean? ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________