Common Sense on Respecting Creative Work

It’s Not a Free-For-All

Our kids are used to having all types of creative work available at their fingertips. People’s writing, artwork, videos, and images can be inspiring, but they are also easy to take without thinking twice. We often forget about copyright law, which protects people’s creative work. Even though kids may feel they have the right to take and use anything they find online, the Internet is not a free-for-all. Kids have responsibilities for following copyright law and respecting creative work online. But there are exceptions such as fair use, which allows kids to use a small amount of copyrighted material without permission in certain situations, such as for schoolwork, criticizing or commenting on something, and parody. There is also material in the public domain, which includes work that is no longer copyrighted that kids can use however they want.

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