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1. SAFETY: Safe Online Talk

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2. SECURITY: What's the Big Deal About Internet Privacy?

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3. PRIVACY: Oops, I Broadcast it on the Internet

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4. COPYRIGHT: Rework, Reuse, Remix

Complete Lesson Plan, along with teacher information and Student handouts, can be found here:

  1. The videos mentioned in the Lesson Plan, Scary Mary and United States of Pop 2009 are here.
  2. The links referenced in the Introduction of the Lesson Plan are Project Gutenberg and the Flickr Commons page.
  3. Go over the issue of Public Domain using the What is Public Domain? handout.
  4. Quiz your students on what they know about copyright: take the Copyright Challenge from the Copyright Kids website (offline, hard copy version of questions and answers available here).
  5. Further Application: Below are some examples of cases involving the defense of fair use (Taken from: http://www.copyrightkids.org/definitions.html#fairuse). Have students or student groups decide what they think the court will rule (Fair Use was allowed as a defense or not).
    • The court held that a book of trivia questions about the "Seinfeld" TV program was not fair use. Although the book was transformative, the TV program was a work of fiction accorded special status under copyright law. The book drew upon essential elements of the TV program, and occupied a market for a derivative work that the Copyright Holder was entitled to control. Castle Rock Entertainment v. Carol Pub. Group, Inc., 955 F. Supp. 260 (S.D.N.Y. 1997), aff'd, 150 F.3d 132 (2d Cir. 1998).
    • The court held that the use in a TV biography about Muhammed Ali of up to 14 film clips of historical footage, each between 41 seconds and two minutes long, was likely to be fair use. Ali was a public figure and his TV biography was the subject of public interest. The allegedly Infringing film clips were not the focus of documentary and were not particularly noticeable, and use of the film clips was not likely to the undercut market for a motion picture. Monster Communications, Inc. v. Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., 935 F. Supp. 490 (S.D.N.Y. 1996).
    • The court held that a parody of the song "I Love New York" performed in a skit on "Saturday Night Live" poking fun at New York City's public relations campaign and its theme song was a protected fair use. Elsmere Music, Inc. v. NBC, 623 F.2d 252 (2d Cir. 1980).
    • The court held that that use of copyrighted music played during a parade that happened to be televised by ABC was a fair use. Italian Book Corp. v. ABC, Inc., 458 F. Supp. 65 (S.D.N.Y 1978).

5. CYBERBULLYING: Turn Down the Dial on Cyberbullying and Online Cruelty

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