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Day 19 – Worked 6 hours
Total hours thus far: 116.75

Today I finished the copyright text and I am starting to begin working on my face-to-face lesson plans. Sarah recommended I create two separate lesson plans which use content from the entire “Responsible and Ethical Use of Information Module.” She thought it might be helpful for me to create two different versions since the amount of information I am working with is extensive. She also said that it might be useful to see two models because rarely do the Brown librarians provide instruction on this topic (even though it is important) and it would be great to have more than one lesson plan to gather ideas for a lesson.

For the lesson plans I’m probably going to draw heavily on the information I have already created from the online tutorial, but create lessons that will be effective in a classroom setting. I will probably use at least one of the videos for the lesson and also have interactive group work or a class discussion as a way to engage students. For each of the lessons I want to also stress where students can go to receive help with the various components (the Brown librarians and the Writing Center).

This is the text for the Copyright component:

Here in the United States (and many other countries around the world) we value intellectual creations and want to honor the individual(s) who created the work. We want creators to receive credit for their work and to make important decisions about how their work will be displayed, copied and used. That’s why we have something called copyright and as artists, writers, programmers, entrepreneurs and researchers this entity makes it possible to uphold the value we have in ideas.

Here’s a quick overview of some important information about copyright:

As soon as an intellectual work (ideas in fixed tangible form) is created it is protected by copyright. No need to request or register which makes it very easy.

When a work is created, there is a defined amount of time that the work is protected by copyright. The current guidelines have been in existence since 1978 and there are a few variations on works published before that year. Check out the table for an brief outline of copyright guidelines. Take note that works created before 1923 are in the “public domain” which means they are free for anyone to use without copyright restrictions.

Copyright Duration Guidelines

Date of Work Protected when… Duration
Created on or after
January 1, 1978
the intellectual work is put into a fixed, tangible form Life of the creator + 70 years
(if collaborative authorship, the life of the creator who lives the longest is used)
Created from 1923 – 1978 published Protected for 95 years
Created before 1923 copyright is expired In public domain