Copyright, Fair Use, and Creative Commons

An Active-Learning Exercise for Studio Art Students

  • Arthur Jason Boston Murray State University Libraries

Abstract

This article describes an active-learning exercise intended to help teach copyright, fair use, and Creative Commons licenses. In the exercise students use a worksheet to draw original pictures, create derivative pictures on tracing paper, select Creative Commons licenses, and explore commercial usage, fair use, and copyright infringement. Librarian-instructors may find the completed worksheets to be useful aids to supplement copyright lectures; student perspectives will be integral because they are generating the examples used in discussion. Although a scholarly communication librarian developed this exercise to help introduce some basic copyright information to an undergraduate studio art and design class, the exercise can be performed in a general educational setting.

Author Biography

Arthur Jason Boston, Murray State University Libraries
Scholarly Communication Librarian, Assistant Professor, University Libraries. Coordinator, Office of Research and Creative Activity. Murray State University.

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Published
2020-01-15